White moose with calf spotted in Delta Junction

Animal has been seen in the region off and on for past three years.

Associated PressSeptember 10, 2012 

A white cow moose and her calf amble outside the Alaska Garden Bed and Breakfast in Delta Junction on Sept. 1. The white moose has been seen in Delta Junction for several years and this year emerged again with a brown calf in tow. The white moose was first seen in 2009 as a white calf with a brown cow moose, said bed and breakfast owner Bonnie Stillie.


A white moose that has been seen around Delta Junction for several years has shown up again, this time with a brown calf in tow.

The moose was photographed by guests at the Alaska Garden Bed and Breakfast on the morning of Sept. 1, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported.

Tim Barnes, who was visiting from Quincy, Ill., took a picture of the moose after he first spotted it.

The cabin overlooks an open field and Barnes saw the white moose and her calf through the window, he said Monday.

"I couldn't -- what's the word -- believe what I was seeing," he said. "I went ballistic."

Barnes said his wife, Connie Barnes, was in the room along with daughter Kristi Willing and her family, who are new residents of Alaska. No one believed him until they heard the urgency in his voice and looked out the window.

Tim Barnes grabbed his camera, went outside and took a few photos. The animals took off after distant gunshots were heard.

The white moose has been spotted in the area first as a white calf with a brown cow moose in 2009. In the years since, it has occasionally been seen in the vicinity, said bed and breakfast owner Bonnie Stillie.

Stillie saw the moose a few years ago but missed it this time because she was busy making breakfast.

"I think we're on its route it travels around on," she said.

Darren Bruning, a state wildlife biologist in Delta Junction, said he has yet to see the white moose since taking over as the area biologist a year ago, but he has heard about it.

Bruning said it's highly likely the latest sighting is the same moose seen in the past because there aren't many white moose running around Delta Junction, 95 miles southeast of Fairbanks.

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