SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 21, 2007, 05:40 PM

Norway's Moose Population in Trouble for Belching
The poor old Scandinavian moose is now being blamed for climate change, with
researchers in Norway claiming that a grown moose can produce 2,100 kilos of
methane a year -- equivalent to the CO2 output resulting from a 13,000
kilometer car journey.

Norway is concerned that its national animal, the moose, is harming the
climate by emitting an estimated 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide a year
through its belching and farting.
Norwegian newspapers, citing research from Norway's technical university,
said a motorist would have to drive 13,000 kilometers in a car to emit as
much CO2 as a moose does in a year.

Bacteria in a moose's stomach create methane gas which is considered even
more destructive to the environment than carbon dioxide gas. Cows pose the
same problem.

Norway has some 120,000 moose but an estimated 35,000 are expected to be
killed in this year's moose hunting season, which starts on September 25,
Norwegian newspaper VG reported.