Wild Lands of the West | The BLM, National Geographic Magazine: Young Bull Moose

Large moose showing face and part of body in green forest.

A young bull moose forages amid the woodlands of Campbell Tract, in Anchorage, Alaska. Moose, along with bear, wolf, and other mammals, make their home in the tract’s 730 acres, a natural area popular with outdoor enthusiasts.

Moose are the largest existing species in the deer family. Fully-grown males weigh up to 1,500 pounds and stand 7 feet high at the shoulder. Healthy animals can live up to 25 years. Feeding off plants and tree bark, the herbivores consume willows, birches and grasses by the pound.

Only males have antlers, which they shed during winter. They are used for dominance in the herd and to attract females during mating season.

Moose are plentiful in Alaska and although they have a passive demeanor and are generally tolerant of people from a distance, they can charge and attack.