64 thoughts on “Elk in the City”

    • The male moose (bulls) shed their antlers each winter to lighten the load.
      By early winter, mating season has ended and the antlers are no longer needed to defend their territory from other bull moose.
      By summer, it is common to find the shed antlers on the forest floor from the previous winter.

  1. There is an excellent article on Wikipedia on Moose(es). It seems that when the Europeans came to America, they forgot what their animals looked like. What was a Deer in Europe (Red Deer) was called an Elk in America. What the Europeans called Elk, for some reason they started calling them moose.

    The moose in these pictures may just have lost his antlers for the winter. They they shed and regrow them every year!

  2. I’m Canadian. We have MOOSE.
    This is a BULL “male” MOOSE.
    Alces-alces(latin for moose) is referred to as ELK in all of Europe.
    Abit confusing because we call a variation of the rein-deer family ELK, here.
    Moose are the largest of the deer family. And yes, they shed their horns, or antlers, yearly.

    Toly’ko etyt pravda.

    • This is about Russia and former Soviet republics, so stop bringing Canada into the picture.

      On a side note: Are consumer electronics in Canada also more expensive than abroad ? They are in Russia.

  3. Putin had the Kremlin declare officially that he WAS NOT attending an ABBA party, did not dance there and in particular that he did not like the Super Trooper song. Also the blond woman in excellent gown was not with Putin, who was not at the ABBA party, hence they were both not there. Were they were instead, was left unanswered.


    BTW – consumer electronics are WAY MORE expensive in Russia than abroad.

    • “The animal bearing the scientific name Alces alces is known in Europe as elk and in North America as moose. The name elk is connected with several earlier European variants—Latin: ‘alces’, Old Norse: elgr, Scandinavian: elg, and German: Elch—all of which refer to this animal.

      Confusingly, the word elk in North America refers to the second largest deer species, Cervus canadensis, also known as the wapiti. Early European explorers in North America, who were familiar with the closely related but smaller red deer of Central and Western Europe, believed that the much larger North American animal looked more like the European elk (i.e. moose), so they named it elk.

      The word moose is derived from the Algonquian Eastern Abnaki name moz, which loosely translates to “twig eater”


  4. In Alaska you can get on a road kill list. If someone hits a moose on the road the troopers call you and you get to go get a free moose!

  5. I find it very interesting how similar the Elk in your part of the world is to our Moose. The pictures , and TV nature show that I’ve seen do make it clear that they are different species though (different antlers, for instance. I’ve killed many Moose for food). I would like to see what their respective DNA shows.

  6. In response to the Elk/Moose question, in North America we
    have both Elk (more deer-like, fine giant antlers) and Moose
    (more cow-like, long legs, big muzzles and palmate antlers).
    In Europe (and Russia) they have only what we call the moose
    however the Europeans call it an elk. So, in actuality, the
    european ‘elk’ is genetically what we refer to as a moose.
    When in Russia, moose is elk … hence the character Bullwinkle the Elk(?) Go ask Boris and Natasha.


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