Visitors to Alaska are often concerned about encountering bears; yet more people each year are injured by moose than by bears.
Moose aren't inherently aggressive, but will defend themselves if they perceive a threat. When people don't see moose as potentially dangerous, they may approach too closely and put themselves at risk.
Give Moose plenty of room!
In the summer months, moose blend in well to their environment and can be surprisingly hard to see for such large animals. They are likely to stand their ground even when they hear people approaching, so pay close attention to your surroundings, especially in prime moose habitat such as willow thickets or around streams or ponds.
If you do find yourself close to a moose
Watch for signs that the moose is upset
Unlike with bears, it is okay to run from a moose.
If you'd like to know more about Moose and other wildlife, check out the Alaska Department of Fish & Game Wildlife Notebook Series.
Did You Know?
Arctic Ground Squirrels have the most unusual hibernation among mammals. During winter hibernation their body temperature plummets to negative 3 degrees Celsius and then every two to three weeks they shiver to warm themselves back up to normal mammalian temperature (37 degrees Celsius).