Moose on the loose

While walking in a Finnish forest you might suddenly be surprised to see or hear a horse-sized animal crashing off through the vegetation. Finland’s vast forests are home to around 100,000 moose (also known in Europe as elks).

A large bull moose can weigh as much as 700 kilogrammes. These kings of the forest are an imposing sight with their huge crowns of palmate antlers, but they are generally timid outside the autumn rutting season. Considering their huge size moose are surprisingly seldom seen. They usually shelter in dense forest during the daytime, feeding on forest plants. They are easiest to spot when they occasionally venture out of the trees to graze on marshes, meadows and fields in the twilight hours around dawn and dusk.