Running Moose Track
by Carl Kozak
(Hayward WI USA)
If one crosses a running moose track, why is it running and how far do they generally run?
Elk typically run for miles. Carl
I have come across many running moose tracks and have pondered this myself. I have formulated the following conclusions:
Moose, generally do not run unless they have been startled or pursued. Human or predator presence can be enough to start a moose running. Moose are like any animal, sometimes all it will take is the smell or noise from the perceived threat to set them off.
I have observed moose trotting across meadows for no apparent reason other than to get to the other side. Likely to lessen their exposure to the wide open space.
If pursued or startled moose can and will run for miles as well, similar to elk.
A moose will run if startled similar to any ungulate and will only return to a walking pace once the danger has passed. How far will they run? This depends on the level of threat, perceived or real.
I hope this helps and thank you for the question,