After Alaska’s three bears (polar, grizzly/brown, and black), Alaska’s most well-known mammal is the moose.

Larger than a horse, moose can weigh up to 1,400 lbs for the males. (bulls) and 1,000 lbs for the females (sows). Males can be 7′ tall at the shoulder with antlers spanning 6′ across or more.

Mating season is in the fall–right about now, actually–and baby moose are born in the spring. By the next winter, the yearlings are still not as large as their parents, but they’ve spent all summer growing and learning and they’re even cuter than they were as newborns.

This little moose is about 9 or 10 months old. He (She? It’s difficult to tell with the calves.) spent a winter afternoon hanging around my backyard last November with her (his?) mother.

Mama is always close by.