What Are Some Physical Characteristics of a Moose?

Moose are the largest members of the deer family and feature brown or black fur, long legs and a hanging muzzle. The enormous antlers of the male moose are perhaps its most distinguishing physical characteristic. Moose are found in boreal and mixed deciduous forests of North America, Europe and Asia.

Moose live in temperate and subarctic climates, where they eat both terrestrial and aquatic vegetation. Moose bulls are capable of reaching seven feet tall at the shoulder and can weigh over 1,300 pounds. Solitary animals, moose do not form herds, a major difference from other members of the deer family. Although they are prey of wolves and bears, moose are fully capable of defending themselves and can kill a wolf with one strike.