What Sound Does a Moose Make?

Basit Ali Chaudhary

Have you ever heard a moose sound? A moose can make different sounds, and each sound has its own meaning. Moose sound also differs according to gender, as some sounds are specifically associated with male moose, and some are associated with female moose. Even moose fawn has different sounds, and you can differentiate their sounds quite easily from their parents. Moose sounds also vary based on their emotions; they make different sounds when they’re happy or angry or looking for a mate.

In this blog post, I will explain the different sounds that moose makes and how you can differentiate between them, and what is the specific meaning of each sound.

So, let’s get started.

Male Moose Sounds

Male moose are fascinating and majestic creatures with certain characteristics inherent to their species. One of their biggest traits is their impressive vocalizations, which can alert predators and even fend them off. The male moose can snort, bellow, or snort low-pitched sounds depending on its situation. The sound types vary in volume and modulation, and they’re most common during mating season when competitors use them to claim dominance. Additionally, this sound behavior seems to be heavily influenced by environmental factors like a predicted warning of possible danger or a general expression of anger or excitement. 


During rutting season, you will commonly hear the ‘Bellow’ sound from male moose. A bellow can be heard deep in the woods. Even distant hunters can detect it because it travels far up to 5-6 miles. But what’s its purpose? Male moose use this sound to attract females. They also use it to respond to female moose call for mating. 


There is nothing more intimidating than the sound of a moose’s roar. There is no doubt that the moose sound is one of the loudest sounds in North American wild life. These powerful roars are meant to scare off other moose and potential predators away from their area. A roar is a sign that moose is agitated and ready to fight. 

Moose Roar

Moose roar when they feel threatened in their surroundings, and this roar serves as a warning signal to the predators to step out of their territory. If you hear a moose roaring in the wild, there is no doubt that it is angry, so take this warning seriously and respect its space.


Grunt is another popular sound used by moose to invite females for mating. Male moose use their low-frequency grunt or croak sound, which is only an audible close-up, to entice females to mate with them.  

Moose Grunt Sound

Moose grunts can make hunters search easier, and they’re now pretty sure moose are around. In this way, they’re able to track them in dense woody trees.

Cow Moose Sounds

cow moose

You can hear cow moose sounds in many habitats. Female moose make different sounds to attract males and warn predators. Their sound ranges from Isolation to call, bark and moan. Cow moose vocalizations are as diverse and captivating as they are loud.  

Moose females also make specific noises that are used to send off danger signals to other cow moose and to alert others when caution is needed or to provide a response in the event one of their young ones is in distress. 


Cow moose moans to attract males or to find a mate for breeding. This sound is not too loud and resembles a short wail. It starts with a long, drawn-out “EER” and ends with a guttural, abrupt “UGH.” People who pay attention to the sound may be able to distinguish between the two calls since the moan is a little lower in pitch and volume than the wail. It’s interesting to note that this call can last up to five seconds.

Listen the below cow moose moan.

Cow Moose Moan


You might have heard a dog barking many times, but did you ever imagine a moose barking? Though the barking of moose is much different from dog barking, its purpose is similar, and that is self-defense. When the cow moose feels threatened by predators, in order to counterattack, it barks to show aggression.

Fawn Moose Sound

cow moose with fawns

The newly born baby of moose makes entirely different sounds. Little moose babies are often afraid and frightened, so they continuously make long, high-pitched sounds whenever they get lost or their mother is not nearby. They also make sounds when they are hungry. But as they grow, they learn the sounds their elders are making and the correct situation in when to make which sounds. 

Why Moose Makes a Sound?

Just like many other animals, moose make sounds to communicate with each other. They use different sounds to express their feelings for their mates, show aggression towards rivals and predators and claim their territory. 

A moose may not always be the most vocal animal, but they do make a few sounds that help them interact and behave. During mating season, male and female moose send low-frequency calls to find each other. Male moose make loud, grunting noises to establish dominance over their territory, while females give warning snorts when they feel threatened by a rival or predator. Also, these sounds help define personal relationships in a herd, like when males fight for breeding rights or moose cow talk to their babies. They also communicate through sound to mark boundaries and warn rivals to stay out of their place.

Can you Identify Between Moose Sounds?

Yes, you can. As discussed above, m ale moose sounds are different from female moose cows. Moose fawns also make different sounds than their parents. So, you can distinguish quite easily between these sounds.

As compared to other deer species, moose sounds are not completely different, but some vary a little. I have gathered mp3 recordings of different moose sounds in the below section.

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