It took until 1951 for the first moose calves to be released on the Delta. The first successful calf born on the Copper River Delta was in 1953. The Isaac Walton League continued the program until 1958 and succeeded in releasing 24 moose calves – 20 of which survived. Hunting began in 1965 and continues to this day with a thriving moose population on the Delta.
Finally, the determined group developed a formula of evaporated cow’s milk and KLIM – a powdered milk mix. The entire town became so attached to the moose that their social lives became a regular column in The Cordova Times. Mike Moose and Miss Minnie were the first to marry. Others were named Matilda, Lucy and Phyllis.
The children of Cordova were reprimanded for feeding the moose bubblegum and chocolate.
This photo came from the archives and collections of the Cordova Historical Society housed within the museum. The museum is open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.