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SRMacD
Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 7:20pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Hello.  My swami gave me moose.  However, when I looked on-line for moose suppliers, each time it kept taking me back to elk.  (i.e. they would say they sell moose, but it turns out to be elk)  I have always known these two animals to be different, but in the meat world are they the same?  Elk is not listed in my swami list.  Thanks~
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I found this on the net on a message board

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When looking at elk or moose, think quarter horse vs. draft horse. there is a big difference in size, shape and color. Moose are dark brown to black, elk are tawny or buckskin colored, and have a lighter colored rump patch. Moose have a big "JUG" head with a huge roman nose. Elk have a more deer shaped head, and it is darker than their body. Also, get some books or magazines and look at the animals,,, there is a world of difference, and should never be confused.


I'm wondering how far apart they are in definitive species wise.  


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I assume Swami refers to the American usage for both animals, in which Moose and Elk are distinctly different animals.  As you can see on the wiki page linked above, European or Eurasian Elk are referred to interchangeably with American Moose.  I have eaten both animals, and while they are both lean red meats, they are definitely different.  I wonder if the confusion you're seeing in your online searches is related to suppliers offering Moose and European Elk so that an international clientele can both relate to what's for sale?

I think the key is to identify what Swami is specifically recommending (in latin terms) so that you know you're ordering the right animal when you do buy it.
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Moose and elk are totally different animals.  We ate moose (always thought it was beef) until I was about 8 years old.  Lots of gristle, very lean, and full of flavor, tastes more on the beef side (if you eat grass fed beef), almost purple when raw.

Elk is slightly lighter tasting, if wild, still very lean and more venison tasting.

BTW, I see a female moose and her young most mornings, I can smell them for about a mile before I see them, pungent, big, acrid smell.  I will often see a male in our driveway, he won't move for a large SUV.  Once in a while they will try to go on the ice on the lake, even though they live in Canada, they are not great on the ice.

I have never seen farm raised moose, they are usually wild and hunted.

Elks tend to stay more in the mountains.  I hit a female 2 years ago and she was solid. She went through the windshield and dropped the engine out of the SUV, a moose would have killed us.
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Are we talking about the animals or the Fraternal Organizations?  


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This can be confusing as the names of these animals vary by country. In Europe, Alces alces, the animal known as moose in North America, is called an elk. The animal Americans call an elk, Cervus canadensis, is known in Europe as the wapiti. However, both these animals are deer - the deer family includes moose, elk, caribou (reindeer in Europe), white-tailed deer, mule deer, red deer, fallow deer, roe deer, sambar, chital, etc., etc.

The moose is the largest of all deer and is easily identified from other deer not only by its size but by its huge palmate antlers (in males) and by its bulbous, overhanging nose. The elk is smaller and more slender, without the bulbous nose. The males have a shaggy 'throat sack' and branching antlers. Other North American deer, such as mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) and white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus), are much smaller than either of these species, with shorter, more rounded faces and smaller, more forward-pointing antlers.
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and you ve happened to bump into many in your life, eh??


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Hey Lola, just a few, just hope I don't encounter a moose on the highway next!!!
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Final score: Elk 24 Moose 17  


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Moose are incredibly different from Elk in North America. To even think of comparing the two is to think someone is almost blind and deaf.

The trouble with eating Moose now is that you can not get yearly tags (nor is there enough of them for that). I believe it is a one tag per life time situation at the moment.
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When I was running with the dog yesterday, the dog started running fast with his nose in the air.  It was still dark out and I saw 3 moose lounging in a grass clearing.  Mom got up to look at us, the 2 young ones kept still.  

DOS, I think it varies with where one lives if you get tags through a lottery, lifetime, seasonally.  
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