Whistler Traveller Magazine - - TRAVELLER LOCAL VIBE -

STORY BY STEVE FISHER For­ever bat­tling the beaver for ‘ quin­tes­sen­tial Cana­dian an­i­mal’ sta­tus is the Moose. From coast to coast, moose live just about every­where in Canada south of the arc­tic tun­dra. Bulls ( Male moose) are mostly known for their mas­sive size and their im­pres­sive antlers. A ma­ture moose can stand seven feet tall at the shoul­der, mea­sure roughly ten feet long and weigh be­tween 700- 1500 lbs. Their antlers are more rounded in shape than a deer or elk, and are grown each spring and shed dur­ing the win­ter. In­cred­i­bly, it takes just 3- 5 months for their antlers to grow to full size. While it’s fair for any­one to ex­pect a black bear sight­ing in Whistler dur­ing the sum­mer, the moose aren’t quite so neigh­bourly. They are def­i­nitely rare, but not un­heard of … Just this spring, sev­eral sight­ings of a moose strolling near the Fitzsim­mons Creek were re­ported, and a few lucky lo­cal pho­tog­ra­phers have their shots as proof!

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