This is a video clip of two bull moose settling a territory dispute. It gives you an idea of how close to nature we really are in Alaska. It is clearly a different setting than the cow moose photo from above. This cow moose is standing in front of Denali in Denali National Park in late summer just before the “rut”. (Have you traveled to Denali National Park in Alaska? “Follow us” to see upcoming trips to Denali and photos from Denali.)
“Rut” is triggered by a shortening photoperiod or length of day and depends on gestation length in a particular species. In the case of Alaskan moose the gestation period is 8 months so young are born in spring when fresh, nutrient rich vegetation has begun to come back after the long winter. Rut increases aggression between bull moose as you can see in the video.
The timing of the rut definitely varies regionally across the state. When I was traveling in northern Alaska in September the bull were in rut and trying to build harems. That’s all for now. Have a look at this video and share if you please!
This video originally appeared in the Alaska Dispatch.
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