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Moose encounters more frequent, dangerous

by Lorien Nettleton ~ March 2nd, 2012

The Alaska State Troopers reported two separate moose encounters on Thursday morning that left two adults injured. One occurred in Willow and the other happened in Talkeetna. In both incidents, the adults were stomped while walking children to school bus stops.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers say more and more moose calls are coming in every day. The Alaska Department of Fish & Game agrees. Numerous calls from members of the public reporting concerns about aggressive moose were received during the past two months. While ADF&G doesn’t have exact numbers, it says this winter the aggressive moose situation is worse than previous winters.  

ADF&G Biologist Lem Butler says they are receiving considerably more reports than received in a typical winter with less snow accumulation. Reports are coming from areas throughout the Matsu Valley.

Both the Alaska Wildlife Troopers and ADF&G biologists say people should use extra caution this winter whenever you are in a place that moose may be loitering.

Alaska Wildlife Trooper Doug Massie says people should consider driving their kids to a bus stop instead of walking them. “This winter moose seem to be more likely to charge to protect their turf,” Massie says, adding that the deep snow has moose hungry and ma

Troopers say taking added precautions like warning neighbors of moose in the area, carrying pepper spray and driving instead of walking may be crucial in protecting yourself from moose.

The Alaska Moose Federation is installing more and more moose feeding stations daily, in an effort to draw moose away from roads and people. As of Thursday, feed stations had been set up as far north as mile 89 on the Parks Highway. The federation is also packing trails for the moose to give them an alternative place to walk, instead of on the railroad tracks or on the roads.

Starving moose have been seen all over the northern Susitna valley, and numerous people have reported seeing young moose succumb to starvation. Moose Federation member Farley Dean says if people would like to suggest locations for moose feed stations, they can call him at Federation offices, at 354-6389.

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