Though their size and palmate antlers make them seem to have little in common with their smaller cousins, moose are the largest member of the deer family, with males weighing in at 850–1580 pounds (380-720kg) and females at 600-800 pounds (270-360kg). However, like other members of the deer family, bull moose grow new velvet-covered antlers each spring, rub the antler off in preparation for the rut (mating season) and shed their antlers. Moose tend to shed their antlers earlier than other members of the deer family, often dropping them in December. No doubt the energy saved by not carrying that massive crown all winter is tremendous.
While moose may not be any more aggressive than other members of the deer family, of which all females will vigorously fight to defend their young, and of which the males are dangerous if approached too closely during the rut, moose are often considered to be more dangerous, likely because their sheer size makes them more intimidating and perhaps also more likely to cause serious injury.
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