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Moose

Description: Moose are the largest mammals in Idaho. They love living in forested areas, near water, where they can forage for water-growing plants. They are very interesting looking creatures; they have very stout bodies with very long legs. Their color varies from dark brown, black, reddish-brown to gray, depending on the season. They also have a dangling, hairy “dewlap,” that hangs beneath their muzzle. The male moose grows large, flat antlers and the female has none. 

Moose
A male moose, called a "bull"

 
Habitat: Moose love forested areas, but they will also venture out in meadows to feed.

 

Food: Moose love to eat the leaves from shrubs and will also eat bark. They readily wade or swim in streams, lakes or rivers, where they forage for aquatic vegetation. Moose are great swimmers, and they often swim to escape predators such as wolves. 

Fun Facts:
Moose may dive and stay up to 50 seconds underwater while feeding. Even moose calves are excellent swimmers.

Moose with two calves
A cow moose with her two calves


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Herbivore Mammals

Jackrabbit
Pygmy rabbit
Desert cottontail
Beaver
Eastern gray squirrel
Red squirrel
Chipmunk
Deer mouse
Kangaroo rat
Meadow vole
Mule deer
Elk
Bighorn sheep
American pronghorn
Moose


Carnivore Mammals

Bobcat
American badger
River otter
Red fox
Long-tailed weasel
Coyote
Grizzly bear
Mountain lion


Amphibians

Salamanders

Long-toed salamander
Idaho giant salamander
Coeur d'Alene salamander

Frogs and Toads

American bullfrog
Columbia spotted frog
Western toad
Northern leopard frog
Pacific tree frog
Great Basin spadefoot

Reptiles

Snakes

Painted turtle
Northern alligator lizard
Mohave black-collared lizard
Short-horned lizard
Desert horned lizard
Sagebrush lizard
Western fence lizard
Western skink
Side-blotched lizard
Longnosed leopard lizard
Western whiptail


Bats

Western pipistrelle
Western small-footed myotis
Little brown bat
Yuma myotis
Townsend's big-eared bat
Hoary bat
Silver-haired bat
Fringed myotis
Pallid bat

Sensitive Species (not a complete list)

Greater sage-grouse
Pygmy rabbit
No. Idaho ground squirrel
So. Idaho ground squirrel
Canada lynx
Grizzly bear
Selkirk Mtns. woodland caribou
Kootenai White River sturgeon
Bull trout
Sockeye salmon
Chinook salmon
Steelhead trout
Yellow-billed cuckoo


Birds

Waterfowl
Raptors
Songbirds

Fish