Get up close and personal with Manitoba moose in new documentary
Giants of the Boreal Forest follows a wildlife biologist as he studies moose in Riding Mountain National Park
Giants of the Boreal Forest
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020
8 p.m. on CBC Manitoba
Moose rank alongside the maple leaf and beaver as popular symbols of Canada. The animal is featured on the coat of arms for both Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador, and can be found in every province and territory except P.E.I.
Manitobans love moose so much that we even have a hockey team team named after them. The team's mascot, Mick E. Moose, also represents the Winnipeg Jets.
But how much do you actually know about the majestic animal?
A new documentary called Giants of the Boreal Forest, released by CBC as part of the Absolutely Manitoba series, gives viewers an intimate look at the keystone species of our boreal ecosystem.
The film follows Dr. Vince Crichton, certified wildlife biologist, who has dedicated his life to observing the solitary animals in their natural habitat. Using a moose call horn and an artificial moose head named Duffy, Crichton gets up close and personal with the moose.
The Canadian moose population ranges between 500,000 to over 1,000,000.
In Manitoba, the population was at one point about 30,000 animals. Today, it stands at less than 18,000, with animals found across the provinces — from the border of North Dakota to the border of Nunavut.
Watch Giants of the Boreal Forest on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at 7 p.m. on CBC television.