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Caucasian moose

Caucasian moose
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Cervidae
Subfamily: Capreolinae
Genus: Alces
A. a. caucasicus
Trinomial name
Alces alces caucasicus
(Weretschagin, 1955)

The Caucasian moose, also known as the Caucasian elk (Alces alces caucasicus) is an extinct subspecies of moose found in the Caucasus Mountains of Eastern Europe and Asia Minor, in modern-day European Russia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and eastern Turkey.[citation needed]


The subspecies was quite common until the mid-19th century, when populations began to decrease due to overhunting. It became extinct sometime in the beginning of the 20th century.[failed verification]


Among its predators were Asiatic lions, Persian leopards, Asiatic cheetahs, brown bears, steppe wolves and the Caspian tiger.[failed verification] Eurasian lynxes may have preyed on calves.[citation needed]

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