Editor’s Note: Several of the top ten are absent from this gallery as the listings had no photograph to accompany them. Stats for the ranking moose not listed here can be found in the SCI Online Record Book.
The largest of all moose. The largest bulls stand 6-1/2 to 7-1/2 feet (2.0 to 2.3 m) at the top of the hump and have been estimated to weigh as much as 1,800 pounds. Solitary except when mating, mates in September and October, with bulls displaying and fighting for dominance and taking one female at a time. Bulls can be dangerous during the rut, and unarmed humans may be at risk. Despite it’s ungainly appearance, the moose is nimble and surefooted. Able to cross swamps and quicksand where other animals would mire. Its normal gait is is a quiet, careful walk, but can maintain a speed of 35 mph (56 km/h) for a considerable distance. Has great endurance, able to run up mountainsides or through deep snow or downed timber for miles.
This massive member of the deer family provides a challenging hunt due to its intelligence and the rough terrain it inhabits. Here are the top Alaska – Yukon moose from the SCI Record Book.