Are moose dangerous animals

Moose in Sweden

The elk is Sweden's most famous animal. You can meet the largest deer in the world almost anywhere. We answer the question of whether moose are dangerous, when you can hunt moose and where you are guaranteed to see a moose.
Two moose in northern Sweden (Sara Ingman / imagebank.sweden.se)

Everything about the elk

The elk is the largest species of deer in the world. Moose reach a shoulder height of a maximum of 2.30 meters. The bulls are slightly larger and more muscular than the cows. Male moose in Sweden carry mighty shovel antlers with a wingspan of up to 1.35 meters and a weight of up to 20 kilograms. The long, overhanging upper lip is characteristic of the elk.

As a concentrate selector, he consumes young tree shoots, fresh leaves and aquatic plants, which he also eats underwater, among other things. There are webs between the shells. These prevent sinking too deep into swampy terrain and snow.

The elk is a solitary animal that only lives sociable during the mating season. Moose are excellent swimmers who enjoy being in the water.

Are moose dangerous?

Moose are not quite as peaceful as they look and are quick-tempered in and of themselves. But a moose is only dangerous to you if it feels threatened or thinks it has to defend its offspring. Especially towards the end of May and June, the cows attack anyone who gets too close to their calves. The bulls in heat, which then go through an aggressive phase, are particularly dangerous.

When attacked, the bulls usually use their strong antlers, while the females like to kick with their front hooves. The claws are up to 18 cm long and razor sharp. With this, the defensive animals even successfully drive bears and wolves to flee.

The moose are also an increased risk for drivers. Every year the mighty animals cause around 5,000 traffic accidents in Sweden, among other things because they do not flee, but stubbornly stay on the road. Because the moose are so large, it is not uncommon for them to fly through the windshield in the event of an impact.

All of Sweden is elk country

Moose can be found almost everywhere in Sweden, with the exception of Gotland. The population is estimated at around 300,000 to 400,000 animals. There are particularly many moose in central Sweden, especially in Västergötland on the table mountains Hunneberg and Halleberg.

You could say that Sweden is firmly in your hands. Not only many forest owners, but also numerous other compatriots do not particularly like the giant deer. In some places the moose are a real nuisance.

In Sweden a distinction is now made between the wood moose and the city and garden moose. The animals now not only populate the urban parks, but can also often be seen in the gardens. There you can taste the leaves of the trees, the young shoots and above all the ripe fruit.

Many of them do not seem to be afraid of being caught. They peer through the living room windows unchecked and persistently resist the strenuous attempts of the human inhabitants to evict them.

Some moose can be very curious about people (Folio / imagebank.sweden.se)

A moose safari to the giant deer

There is a large range of moose safaris in southern Sweden in particular. Meeting the Skogens Konung, the king of the forest, is a must for every vacationer in Sweden. It is often possible to drive your own vehicle into a large enclosure and observe and photograph the animals from the car. But even on a safari in the wild, the chances of meeting moose live are good. Many organizers even advertise with a moose guarantee.

If you like to walk and love the thrill, then take a guided tour with a Swedish moose tracker. After an eventful safari, you can buy moose stickers, moose t-shirts and other moose items in the souvenir shops. A large selection of elk products is also available from amazon.

Up close and personal in the elk park

If you don't just want to watch the mighty deer from a distance, but maybe even stroke it, the best thing to do is to visit an elk park in Sweden. The animals in the elk parks are much more trusting and hardly show any shyness. The enclosures can often be seen from all sides, so that you can always keep an eye on the moose.

Some park owners even allow the deer to be fed. If you are lucky, there are photo towers like in Elchland Laganland. From here you not only enjoy a fantastic view, but you can also take pictures of the moose from their best side.

Moose hunting in Sweden

The lean and tender meat of the elk is a popular delicacy in Scandinavia, which is why the deer have always enjoyed hunting. The urge to hunt meant that the moose were almost extinct in southern Sweden by the end of the 18th century. Therefore, it was decided to have controlled hunting times. In 1885 King Oscar II introduced elk hunting on the twin mountains Hunneberg and Halleberg.

Hunting is important for the recovery of the forest because it regulates the elk population. To the chagrin of many forest owners, these in turn damage the young trees. Natural enemies such as wolf, lynx or bear are missing in many regions.

Today the hunting season extends over the months of September and October. Around 90,000 to 100,000 animals are shot every year. A driver chain is often formed for this purpose. Special elk dogs help with the hunt. According to tradition, the meat is divided between the drivers and hunters.