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A large brown moose paying attention to something in the distance.
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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.
  2. Look for the moose's body language.
  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. 
  6. Do not feed moose
  7. stay away from moose calves, even if the mother is no where to be seen. 

For more information about moose, check out the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website at

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.

how to identify a stressed moose

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
  4. a lowered head.

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

Driving in Moose Country

Road safety is another important thing to remember when you are traveling in moose country.

  1. Drive cautiously
  2. use headlights when visibility is low
  3.  travel at safe speeds
  4. keep a distance
  5. watch for signs

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Bear Safety
How to stay safe when traveling in bear country.
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Close up of a purple lupine flower. Lush green grass and smaller lupines are in the background. Did You Know?
Lupine, a member of the legume family, can be found in many regions of Alaska. Its flowered stalk resembles purple pea pods and is poisonous to humans if consumed.