The largest species of deer in the world is the moose, scientifically known as Alces alces. It is the largest member of the deer family, Cervidae, and can be found in boreal and temperate forests across North America, Europe, and northern Asia.
The moose has a distinctive long, dark-brown fur coat and a large, heavy body, with the male of the species reaching sizes of up to 1,800 pounds and standing up to 7 feet tall. The animal is also characterized by its long, humped back and its wide antlers, which are unique among deer species.
Moose are herbivores, primarily feeding on leaves, shoots, and twigs of hardwood and broadleaf trees, as well as aquatic plants. In the winter months, they will also eat pine needles, twigs, and bark. Moose are solitary animals and are active mainly in the early morning and late evening, preferring to rest during the day.
Moose have few natural predators, with adult moose rarely falling prey to wolves, bears, and other large predators. However, adult moose can sometimes be taken down by packs of wolves or a single large predator. Young moose, however, are more vulnerable, and can fall prey to wolves and other predators.
The moose is an iconic species, and is one of the most popular game animals in North America. Hunting of the moose is closely regulated by wildlife management agencies, and the species is generally in good health. Despite this, the moose is a vulnerable species in some parts of its range, and is listed as vulnerable in some areas of Europe and Asia.