A moose warning sign.Although
generally timid, the males become very bold during the breeding
season, when the females utter a loud call, often mistaken for
lowing cattle; and at such times they fight both with their antlers
and their hoofs. Fierce clashing of antlers between males is also
not uncommon. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was referring
to this behavior when he said "I am as strong as a bull moose"
(some accounts say "fit as a bull moose"). Because of
this, Roosevelt's Progressive Party became popularly known as
the "Bull Moose Party".
The usual pace
is a shambling trot, but when pressed moose can break into a gallop.
The female gives birth to one or two young at a time, which are
not spotted. The female moose is reported to kill more people
in Canada than any other animal (far exceeding the North American
Grizzly Bear). These large animals can be extremely protective
of their young, and caution should be exercised when approaching
a cow moose. In North America, during the winter one male and
several females may form a "moose-yard" in the forest,
which they keep open by trampling the snow. In the spring, moose
can often been seen in drainage ditches at the side of roads,
taking advantage of road salt which has run off the road. These
minerals replace electrolytes missing from their winter diet.