Mainland Moose in Cumberland Co. Photo by Ken Adams, Nov 1, 2020

There are two distinct populations/genetic lines of moose in Nova Scotia:

– the Mainland Moose; these are Eastern Moose (Alces alces subspecies americana). They are restricted to Mainland NS where they are Endangered

– the Cape Breton Moose; these are Northwestern Moose (Alces alces subspecies andersoni). They are restricted to Cape Breton Island, and are not endangered.

There are controversies surrounding both of them.


The pages and subpages on Moose:

MOOSE (This Page)
Cape Breton Moose
Mainland Moose


These “MOOSE Pages” were previously posted on which is no longer being updated.
They were copied onto this website ( on Sep 20, 2023, where they will be updated as appropriate.