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Alaska State Land Mammal

Female moose (cow) - click to see all state mammals
Moose cow photo © Kristin Maling on Flickr - noncommercial use permitted
with attribution / no derivative works. See All State Animals - Mammals.

Moose

See moose video below

The moose was designated the official Alaska land mammal in 1998. Moose (Alces alces) are the world's largest member of the deer family, and the Alaskan moose (Alces alces gigas) is the largest of all moose (males weigh 1,000 - 1,600 pounds). Moose mostly inhabit northern forests of North America, Europe, and Russia (in Europe they are called "elk"). See video of mother moose with two calves.

Bull Moose - click to see all state mammals
Bull Moose © Robert Volpe (used by permission - contact CritterZone: Animal - Wildlife - Nature Stock Photography for commercial license or any use). See All State Animals - Mammals.

Moose have long legs, a heavy body, small tail, drooping nose, and a "bell" or dewlap under the chin. Color can range from golden brown to almost black (depending on the season and age of the moose).

Alaskans often find moose in their yards in the winter. Other conflicts between man and moose include moose eating crops, standing on airfields, and wandering city streets. Historically, moose were an important source of food, clothing, and implements to Indians living along Alaska's major rivers. The moose is also the state animal of Maine.

Mature bull moose - click to see all state animal symbols
Photo of bull moose © Doug Lloyd (used by permission).
See All State Animals - Mammals.
Links:
Magnificent Moose Project: Mr. Ernst's 6th grade classes
Everything about Moose: Mooseworld
Alaskan WildlifeVideos: Alaska Online
All State Animals - Mammals


    

 

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Alaska State Flag Embroidered Patch Iron-On
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