A Statue depiction of the Canadian Pegasoose, in Toronto, Canada

The Canadian Pegasoose was originally discovered in 1923 by Calvin Pringle in the North-Eastern most part of Canada. He discovered the species while hunting rare deer in the Quiggly Forest in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. However, a few pegasooses have been spotted in other Northern areas of Canada in places with dense forests and high mountains.

This species is described as a large moose with wings. The Pegasoose has the ability to fly but only for short distances to evade predators. It is preyed upon by wolves, bears, and humans.

The average life span of the wild pegasoose is 11 years. They are usually between 800 and 1000 pounds and between 5 and 6 feet tall at the shoulder.

These majestic creatures roam alone or in small herds and rarely come into contact with humans. They are generally solitary creatures who are not aggressive toward other animals or humans. They subside on a diet of grasses, roots, and leaves and the occasional rain cloud. No pegasooses are currently held in captivity, as they die immediately when captured. The only known exception to this, is the use of pegasooses as transportation devices by the ancient Canadian Paiku tribe. These people were able to tame a select few of the creatures and ride them to gather food and then fly back to their igloos in what is now Ukkusiksalik National Park. We know this because of cave paintings of natives riding these beasts as well as worshipping them.

Sadly the Canadian Pegasoose is nearing extinction because of overhunting by humans. There is no legal protection of the species because of Canada’s annual pegasoose hunt in January, which is considered to be a culturally historic event to Canadians.

By Kathryn Mathews