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Moose (cow and calf)

Alces alces gigas


This beautiful site is a mother cow and her playful, young calf. They knew we were there before we saw them and swam across the lake. Moose have great hearing and sense of smell but are quite near-sighted. It is the largest animal in the deer family with this subspecies being the largest of all! This one stood about 6 ft at the shoulder and weighed about 1,000 lbs. The moose is an unusual looking mammal with a long nose, dangling dewlap under the chin and twig-like antlers (bulls). The name Moose is an Algonquin term for "eater of twigs." This is the most dangerous situation we were in while in Alaska. We were looking for moose every time we were hiking to avoid confrontation. A mother moose is the most dangerous animal in the area. Usually moose aren't generally aggressive but seem to be unpredictable, especially with young. Moose live on average, 12 years but can live to 20 years in the wild.


Horseshoe lake at Denali National Park and Preserve

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26 Comments (1–25)

Thank you Adarsha and Daniele! Going to Alaska has been a dream of mine for a long time and I'm so happy I was able to see a lot of incredible wildlife! I hope others are able to go someday. Tourism is their #1 industry but I have to say that the land portion of our trip didn't feel that crowded. It was great!

DanielePralong 8 years ago

Belated congrats Cindy! This is an awesome series from a part of the world I am sure many wish they could visit.

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 8 years ago

Congrats Cindy! Very nice spotting :)

Thank you so much my friends! I'm happy that others enjoy this special moment with me, even if it's just through photo's.

Carol Snow Milne
Carol Snow Milne 8 years ago

Congratulations! Wonderful series!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

Congratulations, Cindy. I hope I'll see one of these in the wild someday.

patty 8 years ago

Congratulations Cindy!!! Great spotting =)

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 8 years ago

congratulations on this lovely SOTD Cindy!

outsidegirl0 8 years ago


Sckel 8 years ago

Congratulations Cindy

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

congrats! well-deserved cindy!

RiekoS 8 years ago

Congratulations! Awesome series!!

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 8 years ago

Congratulations Cindy!

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Beautiful encounter!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 8 years ago


Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 8 years ago

Lovely series... Congratulations, Cindy :)

Congratulations Cindy !

Subin S
Subin S 8 years ago

Congrats Cindy!! Awesome shots!

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Congrats Karen! Incredible Spotting of the Day!

Yasser, thank you so much for this honor!
This moose moment was absolutely incredible and yes, my heart was pounding! I could have stayed there for hours but we were told by hikers a mile back that there was a bear in the area. Of course that meant I was looking for it... safely :)
I'm so glad the community is enjoying my view of Alaska. It truly is the last frontier!

Yasser 8 years ago

Cindy, what an incredible encounter! This had Spotting of the Day written all over it :) I can only imagine how your heart must have been pounding when coming across this awesome scene. Thanks for sharing these amazing images and we look forward to seeing more of Alaska through your lens.


Thank you Yuko and Frederic! This was a fantastic experience I'll never forget.

Frederic Ansermoz
Frederic Ansermoz 8 years ago

Excellent serie of pictures, and, location!
Congrats Cindy

YukoChartraw 8 years ago


Thank you both! This was one of my favorite moments of our nearly three week vacation and it happened on the second day :)

Alaska, USA

Spotted on Jul 15, 2013
Submitted on Aug 3, 2013

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