Alaska Fun Fact: The State Mammal is a Moose

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Alaska Fun Fact: The moose, the largest of all deer species, is the state mammal of Alaska. The Alaskan Moose, also known as the “giant moose,” is the largest subspecies of moose and is found throughout most of Alaska and the Western Yukon. Male Alaska moose can stand close to seven feet tall at the shoulder, and weigh about 1,400 lbs. The antlers on average have a span about six feet. Female Alaska moose stand on average six feet at the shoulder and can weigh in at half a ton.

Due to the large population of moose in Alaska, it is not unusual for humans to encounter one. They can be aggressive during mating season and are hunted in the fall and winter for their meat.

Moose are mostly solitary animals and typically only get together to mate, however, you can sometimes find them in small herds. Females give birth to one or two calves in the spring, each weighing some 30 pounds. Think about that this Mother’s Day! Calves grow quickly and can outrun a person by the time they are just five days old.

If you win the Alaskan Adventure Trip for Two giveaway, chances are good you will see a wild moose! Learn more about Community Blood Center’s “Wild About Alaska” Summer Blood Drive at GivingBlood.org.

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