The North American Moose is the largest mammal of the
Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA), weighing over 1100 lbs and standing
six feet tall at the shoulder. Moose can often be found wading
through marsh areas eating water lily, wild rice, other greens (up to
lbs a day). According to Field & Stream, moose can swim
for 12 miles without rest, and can dive up to 20 feet for food.
The cow moose, average about 300 lbs less than their
bull and have a gestation period of 235 days. Calves will stay
with the cow till she breeds again and then are driven off. Twins
are common with moose.
Moose can be temperamental and should be kept at a
distance. Do not approach a cow moose if you think a calf
may be near by. A cow moose will defend her calves against
anything seen as a threat.