-The Alaskan Moose is the largest member of the deer family.
-Alaska Moose is the largest of all the moose.
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-They are found in areas with birch shrubs and along the major rivers of Southcentral and Interior Alaska.
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-Moose have long legs, heavy bodied, drooping nose, a "bell" or dewlap under the chin, and a small tail.
-Their color ranges from golden brown to almost black.
-Their color can change as a result of the seasons or the age of the animal.
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-New born calves weight 28 to 35 pounds and they grow to over 300 pounds with in 5 months!!
-Males weigh from 1200 to 1600 pounds.
-Adult females weigh 800 to 1300 pounds.
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-Only bull, male moose, have antlers. They can reach a span of 6 feet across!!
- In the wild, moose rarely live more than 16 years.
- During fall and winter, they consume large amounts of willow, birch, and aspen twigs.
- Spring is the time of browsing and grazing.
- The moose eat a variety of foods, including sedges, equisetum (horsetail), pond weeds, and grasses.
- Moose are killed by wolves and brown and black bears.
- More people hunt moose than any other of Alaska's big game species.
- Historically, moose were an important source of food and clothing to Athapaskin Indians dwelling along the major rivers.
- Today, Alaskans and nonresidents annualy harvest approximately 6,000 to 8,000 moose, about 3.5 million pounds of meat.
- The moose is an important part of the Alaskan landscape,