Happy Alaska Day – the anniversary of the formal transfer of the territory from Russia to the United States!
The BLM manages approximately 72 million surface acres of public land in Alaska. These diverse lands -– majestic mountain ranges, vibrant wetlands, unique coastal marine environments and vast expanses of tundra – offer amazing outdoor recreation opportunities.
When Mommy went to Alaska, she helped me pick out a special cuddle buddy for beautiful Mango: The cuddliest Alaskan moose ever! We have not been able to make it to a post office all summer, but we finally mailed Moose to Mango last week! Before we did, I made sure Moose was super cuddly and asked Moose to give sweet Mango lots of hugs for me. We are happy to see Moose is doing just that!
The now extinct, Irish Elk (Megaloceros giganteus) stood about 2.1 metres (6.9 ft) tall at the shoulders carrying the largest antlers of any known cervid (a maximum of 3.65 m (12.0 ft) from tip to tip and weighing up to 40 kg (88 lb)). In body size, the Irish Elk matched the extant moose subspecies of Alaska (Alces alces gigas) as the largest known deer. The Irish Elk is estimated to have attained a total mass of 540–600 kg (1,190–1,320 lb), with large specimens having weighed 700 kg (1,500 lb) or more, roughly similar to the Alaskan Moose. A significant collection of M. giganteus skeletons can be found at the Natural History Museum in Dublin.