According to Washington State Fish and Wildlife at least 400 moose are estimated to live in Washington. Almost all are in the northeastern counties of Pend Oreille, Stevens, and Spokane. Occasionally moose are spotted in the northwestern and north-central counties of Whatcom, Okanogan, and Ferry, and a wanderer or two has been seen in other areas. But the only significant populations are in the northeast's Selkirk Mountains that range into Idaho and British Columbia.
Moose sightings in the year 2000 include one crossing the highway near the town of Wilbur, two in Hawk Creek campground, running through the parking lot of the Visitor Information Center in Kettle Falls. There have been several sightings in the town of Kettle Falls, and outside of Wilbur. One was even seen swimming at Keller Ferry.
As the largest member of North America's deer family, the moose (Alces alces) is unforgettable, whether viewed from a distance or especially when encountered up close. Its sheer size commands respect. Its uniqueness makes it a curiosity.