The Alaskan Moose

Scientific Name: Alces alces

Physical Appearance

The Alaskan moose Is the largest member of the deer family and the tallest mammal in Northern America. From their hooves to their broad, muscular, shoulders they are approximately six feet tall. The female Moose weighs anywhere from 800 to 1300lbs and the male Moose also called, bulls, can weigh 1200 to 1600lbs. Moose have long, thick hair that is hollowed to keep them warmer in the winter. Their hair can range in color from light to dark brown, so dark it's almost a black color. Each Moose has a flap hanging from their throat called a bell. Moose have small to medium ears, long faces, and large shoulders. In the beginning of the Summer, Moose start to grow antlers. Antlers when they first come in have a velvet coating filled with blood vessels. At the end of Summer the velvet slowly peels off and the antlers are fully grown at about four to six feet long.


Life Span

Diet and Behavior

The Moose is an herbivore so their diet consists of different kinds of plants and trees. They eat fresh leaves and they try and go for the plants that are taller so they dont have to bend their necks. Over the years the moose has had to adapt to the different weather and habitiats. The moose is active during the day, especially dawn and dusk. The moose has poor eyesight but good hearing and smell. Although they have poor eyesight, the moose is a great swimmer. They can reach up to 6mph in the water. The moose is a relatively calm animal but can get aggressive when provoked.

Population Sizes

In the areas of Alaska, Western Yukon and NW British Columbia there is an estimated 170,000-220,000. In the central British Columbia to Northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan to Western Ontario and Northern territories there is about 350,000-410,000. In the areas of Maine, Nova Scotia, Quebec, central Ontario, Hudson Bay to the Great Lakes there is an estimated 250,000-330,000. In the Ares of Scandinavia, Poland to Jenissei river in the East there is approximately 1.3 million. From the 1.3 million moose 700,000 of them are in Scandinavia. Out of all these Moose there has been a sudden decline in the worlds total population.

Conservation Status

Moose are currently threatened by natural causes such as: parasites, hunting season, black bears and car crashes.

Laws to Protect the Species

Looking online for Laws protecting The Alaskan moose, I came upon many articles saying to stay away from Moose and how to handle a situation where you are face-to-face with a moose. I did not find anything in the Alaska State laws about protecting the moose species.