• There are four subspecies of moose in North America. The Shiras moose occupies the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S., including Oregon and southern British Columbia. The smallest subspecies, Shiras moose stand up to 6 feet tall at the shoulder. Mature bulls weigh an average of 1,000 pounds and have an antler width of less than 60 inches.
• Moose breed from mid-September through mid-October. Calves are born in mid to late May.
• In 1922, wildlife workers attempted to transfer moose to the Oregon coast to spur a native moose population in the state. It was unsuccessful. By 1931, the last moose was killed.
• Moose prefer habitats with dense, heavy cover, which makes them difficult to spot in the wild.
Source: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
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