The Nuisance Animal that is not Native

Posted by on Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Moose is a common animal, and problem in Newfoundland. The mammal is not native to the island.

They were introduced here on two separate occasions. The first in 1878 a bull and a cow were brought from Nova Scotia and released at Gander Bay. Then in 1904 two bulls and two cows from New Brunswick were released near Howley, (a small community approximately thirty minutes' drive from the Deer Lake).

By 1935 moose occupied much of the island. In 1941 moose were first reported from the Avalon Peninsula.

Moose is the largest extant species in the deer family. Moose are distinguished by the palmate antlers of the males; other members of the family have antlers with a dendritic configuration.

Moose are most active during the twilight and early dawn, moose may be observed abroad at any time of the day or night.

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