Moose Calves Are Here

Take Extra Caution On The Holiday Highways


by Mike Ford

Warmer weather and a holiday weekend mean more traffic on the highways of Alaska. It is also moose calving season, which means there is a pretty good chance some of those moose calves may become orphans.

Many of the calls to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are about Orphaned moose. ADFG telling Alaskans to not assume a young animal is an orphan simply because it is alone.  Often the mother is nearby and will return once you have left the area.

Almost always  the proper response is to leave the animals alone, according to fish and game officials a female moose  will walk away from her calves if they think their young are safe.

Cow moose and their calves are sometimes separated by fences or roads but usually find each other again. Even when an animal truly is orphaned it is usually best to leave them alone.
If you observe a lone calf over an extended period of time or you believe there is a safety concern contact the alaska department of fish and game.

The State of Alaska is teaming up with the Alaska Moose Federation and supporting their orphan moose program.Find out more by connecting with

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