National Geographic : 1958 May
636 A Bull Moose Wades Wonder Lake Below Majestic Mt. McKinley Once threatened with extinc tion by hunters, the Alaska . . moose now roams in ever-in creasing numbers through the spacious sanctuary of Mount McKinley National Park. Giant of the deer family, the bull moose stands 6 to 7 feet at the shoulder and weighs more than 1,400 pounds. Ant ler spread may exceed six feet. Mount McKinley, principal scenic feature of its namesake park, rears its snowy head 20,320 feet above sea level, highest point in North Amer ica. Morton S. Wood Warren F. Steenbergh Toklat grizzly, named for Alaska's Toklat River, pads across lowland tundra in Mount McKinley park. Rarely seen, the beast betrays its presence by the craterlike holes it leaves in its search for ground squirrels. A male Toklat may measure nine feet from nose to tail and weigh as much as half a ton. Surprisingly agile despite its enormous bulk, the hump backed, dish-faced creature is cautious, even timid. It will seldom attack man unless provoked. A young visitor meets Tame Tillie the fox, a resident of Mount McKinley park. Other inhabitants include the gray wolf, rare wolverine, coyote, mink, marten, lynx, and Dall sheep. More than 80 kinds of birds nest in this wilderness. The park is open to visitors from May through October.