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Traveling in Moose Country
 
bull moose with huge antlers in a field of low bushes during the fall season
Moose are common throughout Alaska. Observe from a safe distance!
Moose can be found throughout much of Alaska. Like most wildlife, people must respect moose and give them their distance, being careful not to startle one! Here are some tips to remember when traveling in moose country:

1. Do not approach a moose.
Moose -especially cows with calves- can be aggressive and need plenty of room.

2. Pay attention to moose body language.
A moose that has stopped feeding, walking, or resting, has its ears up and is looking at you, has noticed you and is curious. 

A stressed moose has its ears back, the hair on its neck is raised, and it may even lick its lips. This moose may charge you!

Give a curious or stressed moose room by retreating from the area quickly.

3. If a moose charges or chases you...
Hide behind something solid such as a tree. It's okay to run away if you have a head start.

4. If a moose knocks you down...
Curl into a ball, protect your head, and lie still until the moose retreats.

5. Keep dogs under control at all times in moose country.
When a dog charges or aggravates a moose, it creates a dangerous situation for both of you.

6. Do not feed moose
It is both dangerous and illegal.

Enjoy watching moose from a safe distance!

For more information about moose, check out the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website at http://www.wildlife.alaska.gov/



A very stressed moose!
A female moose showing signs of stress.

Moose are found throughout Alaska. They are known to come into the city limits of Anchorage during the winter months, looking for food and pathways that are already cleared of snow. The less energy they have to spend during the lean months, means a higher survival rate.

The picture on the left is a VERY stressed moose! Signs of stress from the moose in the picture include (1) dropped ears, (2) raised neck fur, (3) a direct stare, and (4) a lowered head. By learning the behaviors that indicate stress, you can avoid a harmful encounter. Not only to protect yourself or your pet, but for the safety of the moose as well.

 



Baby moose hiding in green vegetation.
Baby moose hiding in the grass and trees.

Although this little guy looks like he would be fun to pet, DO NOT come between a cow and her calf! If there is a calf around and you don't see the mother, be very cautious, you may have put yourself between them. Move away slowly unless the mom is charging, then it is OK to run and put a barrier between you and the moose. Also, moose are illegal to feed. They become very aggressive when feed.

Road safety is another important thing to remember when you are traveling in moose country. Drive cautiously, use headlights when visibility is low, and travel at safe speeds when moose are in the area.

To get a FREE Urban Wildlife sticker, click HERE.





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