During our June visit to Alaska, we encountered moose at several locations. Anchorage, truly a wildlife city, is home to many moose who regularly patrol residential areas to nibble on bushes and trees. One evening a cow and her two calves spent some time in my daughter’s yard, then moved on. When we next spotted them, the calves were in the next-door neighbor’s backyard and the cow was on the other side of their back fence. While the cow was eating leaves in the tree next to the fence, the calves played on the other side.
We wondered how the cow got separated from the calves and how she would rejoin them. My family members later observed the cow jumping the fence “as gracefully as a gazelle” to collect the calves. Unfortunately, my camera and I did not witness the event.
During a hike on Tony Knowles Coastal Trail in Kincaid Park, we chanced upon a young male moose walking back and forth across the trial, dining on plants on each side.
The only moose I saw with well-developed antlers was off Rodak Nature trail at Eagle River Nature Center. A mature male moose was foraging at a distance ranging from 40 to 80 yards from the salmon viewing deck alongside the trail. He was almost completely hidden by thick brush while he was close, but I was able to get a few decent shots as he retreated.
The map below shows the locations of the above photos. Hover over or click on a marker to see the caption(s) of the photo(s) taken at that location.