by Rick Lacroix
How long will moose calves follow their mothers and what size can it grow to before it leaves the mother's side?
Thanks for the question about a moose calves Rick.
Moose calves will stay around until breeding season. That is to say a young bull will not be chased away by it's mother until it reaches his second year of growth. Once the estrus starts the cows will chase away their young bulls (at 1 1/2 years age).
A young bull of this age will be considered an immature. He will have antler growth but this will be minimal... fork horn or no more than two points on one side. A moose this size will only weight about 600 to 700 pounds on the hoof.
Female moose calves on the other hand may stay with or near their mothers for a several years. Cow moose typically do not chase the female calves away, they will eventually wander away but often stay near their home territory.