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Species Profile: Moose

BCWF Bog Blog

When we think of wetland species we often think of animals such as birds, amphibians, and aquatic insects. However, wetlands are renowned for being an ecological hotspot that house a surprising list of tenants – one of them being moose. Moose (Alces alces) aren’t always thought of as a wetland species, but they’re frequently seen feeding on the vegetation around marshes, shallow lakes, and swamps. In the winter, moose eat up to 20 kg of plant matter each day, so it’s easy to see the importance of wetlands for their livelihoods.

In 2000, there were around 170,000 moose with over 70% of them residing in northern British Columbia. This past summer, the Spruce City Wildlife Assocation announced that there has been an dramatic drop in population counts in Prince George. Furthermore, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations conducted 21 moose population surveys which found that while some areas are…

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