Their mating season in the autumn features energetic fights between males competing for a female. The word "elk" in North American English refers to a completely different species of deer, the Cervus canadensis, also called the wapiti.
A mature male moose is called a bull, a mature female a cow, and an immature moose of either sex a calf.
Their diet consists of both terrestrial and aquatic vegetation.
The black moose is (by all that have hitherto writ of it) accounted a very large creature....
The stag, buck, or male of this kind has a palmed horn, not like that of our common or fallow-deer, but the palm is much longer, and more like that of the German elke.
The word "elk" originated in Proto-Germanic, from which Old English evolved and has cognates in other Indo-European languages, e.g.
elg in Danish/Norwegian; älg in Swedish; alnis in Latvian; Elch in German; and łoś in Polish (Latin alcē or alcēs and Ancient Greek The word "elk" remained in usage because of its existence in continental Europe but, without any living animals around to serve as a reference, the meaning became rather vague to most speakers of English, who used "elk" to refer to "large deer" in general.
Unlike most other deer species, moose are solitary animals and do not form herds.
Although generally slow-moving and sedentary, moose can become aggressive and move quickly if angered or startled.
In North America, the moose range includes almost all of Canada (excluding the arctic and Vancouver Island), most of Alaska, northern New England and upstate New York, the upper Rocky Mountains, northern Minnesota, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and Isle Royale in Lake Superior.
This massive range, containing diverse habitats, contains four of the six North American subspecies.
John Clayton, in his account of the Virginia Quadrupeds, calls the Elke ...
was in all respects like those of our red-deer or stags, only larger...
Moose typically inhabit boreal forests and temperate broadleaf and mixed forests of the Northern Hemisphere in temperate to subarctic climates.