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Why Did the Herd of Moose Cross the Road?

Have you ever seen a herd of more than a dozen moose cross a road? Neither have we. Take a look at this rare sight.

Moose are generally solitary animals, except as it concerns cows and their young calves. That’s what makes this scene of at least thirteen moose crossing an icy road so fascinating.

It looks to be an entire extended family, with cows, calves and at least one clearly antlered bull jogging in line formation from a lightly wooded open area, across a road and into a pine forest. What a treat for the drivers who filmed the scene.

Based on the language and by following the links associated with the video, I believe that this scene took place in Sweden. If that is accurate then that would probably identify these moose as being of the subspecies Eurasian moose or as they are called in Europe, Eurasian elk . In fact, the translation of the video text refers to the moose as “elk.”

While the Eurasian moose is now considered extinct in some areas of its former range across northern Europe and Asia, it has reportedly rebounded nicely and has a healthy population in certain Scandinavian countries and Russia: Almost three-quarters of a million animals in Russia, and between a quarter-million and a half-million in Sweden.

Wiki also indicates that approximately 100,000 moose are shot each year in the autumn in Sweden.

With that many moose in Sweden, perhaps sights like this baker’s dozen of traveling moose is not quite as uncommon as it seems.

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Why Did the Herd of Moose Cross the Road?