The animal on the cover of Apache Cookbook, Second Edition, is a moose. The moose roams the forests of North America, Europe, and Russia. It’s the largest of the deer family, and the largest moose of all—Alces alces gigas—is found throughout Alaska. That particular moose, in fact, is so ubiquitous that it has played an important role in the development of the state—although the relationship between moose and men is often adversarial.
Moose have a high reproductive potential and can quickly fill a range to capacity. In Alaska, the removal of mature timber through logging and fire has benefited them by providing new stands of young timber—high-quality moose food. Unfortunately, moose get to be a pain when they eat crops, stand on airfields, wander the city streets, and collide with cars and trains.
But, in general, these animals are good for the state’s economy. Moose are an essential part of the Alaskan landscape, providing tourista with photo opportunities when the animals feed along the highway. Residents and out-of-state hunters harvest 6,000 to 8,000 moose annually—approximately 3.5 million pounds of meat. The future for these animals in Alaska is reasonably bright because humans are learning how to manage moose habitat with wildlife and how to mitigate factors that affect moose populations, such as hunting and predation by wolves and bears.
The cover image is an original engraving from The Illustrated Natural History: Mammalia. The cover font is Adobe’s ITC Garamond. The ...