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Alaska State Mammal

The white-tailed deer is one of the most popular state symbols. However, Alaska adopted the biggest member of the deer family, the moose.

Commonly hunted for food, moose are associated with forests and wetlands. The treeless tundra is the domain of the caribou, an unofficial symbol of the Far North.

Alaska State MammalMoose (left) and bowhead whale.

An even bigger symbol is Alaska’s official marine mammal, the bowhead whale. It was nearly hunted to extinction by whaling ships. Today, Alaska Natives still hunt the bowhead for food in the Arctic Ocean. It’s one of the most amazing hunting rituals in the world.

Scientists recently declared the bowhead whale the world’s oldest mammal, with an average life expectancy of 268 years!

What other state could call dog mushing its state sport? Those wooden sleds aren’t pulled by ordinary dogs. Alaska’s state dog is the Malamute. Malamutes have been pulling sleds in Alaska for 5,000 years!

What other state could call dog mushing its state sport? Those wooden sleds aren’t pulled by ordinary dogs. Alaska’s state dog is the Malamute. Malamutes have been pulling sleds in Alaska for 5,000 years!

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