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Posted: Sunday, September 9, 2012 11:45 pm

FAIRBANKS — The white cow moose that has been seen in Delta Junction at different points during the past four years popped up again last week with a brown calf in tow.

The moose, which was spotted as a white calf with a brown cow in 2009, was seen — and photographed — by guests at the Alaska Garden Bed and Breakfast off Tanana Loop Extension Road on the morning of Sept. 1.

Tim Barnes, who was visiting from Illinois, got a picture of the moose about 6:30 a.m. Barnes got up to shut the alarm off in the cabin they were staying in, which overlooks an open field, and saw the white moose and her calf when he pulled open the shades on the second floor, said his daughter, Kristi Willing, who was traveling with him.

“He ran downstairs, grabbed the camera and went outside to take a few pictures,” she said.

The two moose trotted across the field after hearing gun shots in the distance, Willing said.

The white moose has been spotted in the same neck of the woods before. The News-Miner first reported about it in October 2009 when it was a white calf with a brown cow. In the years since, it has occasionally popped up in the same general vicinity, said bed and breakfast owner Bonnie Stillie, who didn’t see the moose this time because she was busy making breakfast. Stillie saw the moose at her home a few years ago, but hasn’t seen it since, though it has popped up from time to time.

“I think we’re on its route it travels around on,” Stillie said.

State wildlife biologist Darren Bruning at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Delta 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. He said it’s “highly likely” it’s the same moose that has been seen in the past because there aren’t many white moose running around Delta Junction.

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