Alaska Moose Federation Sets Up Feed Stations to Keep Moose off Major Roads
Record numbers of moose have been spotted on highways and railroad corridors
SOUTHCENTRAL ALASKA - This winter has been extra hard for the moose population in Southcentral Alaska because of the deep snow.
There are now herds of moose gathering near highways and railroad corridors in record numbers. The moose salvage teams that collect dead moose for charities have been working around the clock.
The Department of Fish and Game issued a permit to the Alaska Moose Federation (AMF) so it can feed the moose in an attempt to lure them away from major roads.
"The department has first asked us to focus on the Mat-Su area and you never know how much snow is going to come, so we may possibly do work in the Anchorage and Kenai area," said executive director of the AMF Gary Olsen.
A feeding program like this hasn’t been conducted in Alaska since the late '80s, but it was a success then, according to AMF.
A similar program in Norway reduced collisions by 46 percent.
The federation wants to remind people not to feed moose anything from the grocery store. "Nothing at the local grocery store is going to help these moose out right now; the stomach bacteria have shifted to winter food like bark,” said Olsen.
There are more than 2,000 bails of feed at Point McKenzie ready to be transported to moose feeding stations. Each bail costs about $50.
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