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:
|Moose are common throughout Alaska. Observe from a safe distance!|
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/