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As of 2007, the island of Newfoundland is said to be home to more than 150000 moose – all of which are descended from four moose which were imported from New Brunswick in 1904!

The moose is one of few mammals known to populate every province and territory in Canada. It has become an iconic animal within Canada, and Nick Della Mora of ToroLUG shared his moose-love and put together this build in less than a few hours, as part of his regular streaming program on Twitch.

Though known as elk outside of North America (which within North America refers to a completely different animal), the word “moose” is borrowed from the Algonquian languages, believed to be related to the the Narragansett language moos and Eastern Abenaki language mos. Early sources state that these forms derived from moosu, meaning “he strips off,” which is fitting to the antlered nature of the moose.

Estimates put the Canadian moose population at between 500000-1000000, representing more than half of the global moose population. Canada’s low population density and vast subarctic climate and boreal forests are ideal habitat for moose, and while their population has been on the decline in many temperate regions, Canada’s moose population continues to thrive.

Moose Factory was the first English speaking colony in Ontario, set up by the Hudson’s Bay Company, and was named as the moose was deemed the prime commercial product of the region (known as a factor). Moose Jaw, in Saskatachewan, is named after the Moose Jaw Creek, which is said to have got its name from the shape of the creek’s path.

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