Count-down: 32 days until departure for Alaskan Adventure
|Alaskan Bull moose, Wikipedia Commons|
When I think of Alaska, I think of a land of mystery. A frozen world with hidden dangers, savage predators, and savage weather. Of close encounters with bears and icy precipices. I don’t often think about moose.
I actually love moose, I’ve always wanted to see one, they’re just not on my “Think of First” list. A couple of years ago we were out in Yellowstone and I kept searching for moose but we never saw one and I was a little disappointed. I guess in Wyoming the moose is elusive.
In Alaska, moose are a common sight. In fact according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, more people in Alaska are injured by moose each year than bears. (Yay! I’d much rather meet a moose than a bear.) In order to stay safe they advise that you recognize when a moose is agitated.
Here are some things which make a moose agitated:
Tired of walking through deep snow
Children or adults throwing snowballs at them
Hmm, all those things make me agitated too.
|An angry Alaskan moose Wikipedia Commons|
Their advice on what to do if a moose charges at you? Unlike with bears, you should run, as fast as you can. But since moose can run at speeds up to 35 miles an hour and the fastest human on the planet, Usain Bolt, Olympic gold medalist, can currently only run at about 28 mph for 100 meters, they suggest you find something to hide behind; like a tree. A tree sounded good until I remembered that some moose have antlers up to 6ft wide and can weigh 1600 lbs. I guess look for a giant tree.
Other Moose facts:
Largest of the elk family
Great swimmers, even underwater for short periods
Eat land and aquatic plants
If you want to read more about moose check these out:
National Geographic- human running speed
I can’t believe today is the halfway point for the A-Z! I’ve had so much fun reading everyone’s posts. I just wish I could get to everybody!