European Journal of Wildlife Research

, Volume 55, Issue 4, pp 449–453

Presence of moose (Alces alces) in Southeastern Germany

Short Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s10344-009-0272-5

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Schönfeld, F. Eur J Wildl Res (2009) 55: 449. doi:10.1007/s10344-009-0272-5


Germany is situated on the western border of the distribution area of moose (Alces alces) in Europe. In the past, the number of moose sightings has been very limited and irregular in the state of Bavaria (SE Germany). Nearby populations of moose are located in neighboring countries to the east of Germany, in the Czech Republic, and Poland. A monitoring system for moose was established following a considerable increase in moose observations in Bavaria in 2007. As no reproduction has yet been recorded, moose observation has so far been attributed only to migrating individuals. Cows are more often registered than bulls (27 of 35 observations between 2004 and 2008). The reasons for the increase in migratory activities of moose have not yet been identified.


Wildlife management Monitoring Ungulate Migration Bavaria 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten, Bavarian Ministry for Food, Agriculture and ForestryMunichGermany

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