Huge Moose Powers Through a Snow Drift Like a Snowmobile

Written by Sharon Parry
Published: February 25, 2024
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The speed that this moose is able to reach is incredible! Even though it is a large animal, and it is traveling through a deep snow drift, it powers past the people watching it. You would not want to get in the way of this animal on a mission. Luckily, the people are not directly in its path and do not get knocked over!

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Where Do Moose Normally Live?

Moose are native species of northern North America. You will spot them throughout Alaska and the northeastern United States as far south as the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. They are also seen in Canada. In general, their territories coincide with circumpolar boreal forests. You’re most likely to find them near streams or rivers where there are willow trees growing. Generally, their habitats are forested areas that are covered in snow during the winter. You will find them in areas with snow cover up to two feet, but crusted snow makes them more vulnerable to predation by wolves. The cold does not bother these guys, but they really can’t cope with the heat. They are large animals that cannot sweat, and they produce a lot of heat from the fermentation in their guts. In the summer, you’re most likely to find them in the shade or in a pond or stream, trying to keep cool!

How Can Moose Run through Snow?

If you have ever tried to run through a snow drift, you’ll know just how hard it is! However, this moose makes it look easy. Part of the reason for this is that moose have very long legs – they can stand up to six feet tall. This holds their trunk above the top level of the snow drift. They also have powerful muscles that help them to drive their body forward. To survive the cold, they have a thick coat and a long nose that warms up the air before it hits their lungs.

Are Moose Dangerous to Humans?

Alaskan Yukon Moose

The best advice is to avoid moose if you can.

©Szczepan Klejbuk/

The people in this clip were obviously relieved that the moose had decided not to run at them! Whilst moose are normally not aggressive, it is a good idea to respect their personal space. The official advice from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is to respect the moose’s personal space. If you keep away from them, most moose will keep away from you. They are most likely to be grumpy when they are defending their young.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Harry Collins Photography/

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About the Author

Dr Sharon Parry is a writer at A-Z animals where her primary focus is on dogs, animal behavior, and research. Sharon holds a PhD from Leeds University, UK which she earned in 1998 and has been working as a science writer for the last 15 years. A resident of Wales, UK, Sharon loves taking care of her spaniel named Dexter and hiking around coastlines and mountains.

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