Moose Federation Expands to Mat-Su Valley
AMF helps out Mat-Su by picking up dead moose from collisions
The Alaska Moose Federation (AMF) picked up its first moose Friday Morning in Palmer.
AMF is a moose salvage program and now includes the Mat-Su Borough. The purpose of the program is to quickly remove dead moose from traffic collision scenes.
The Anchorage program saves APD roughly 2.5 hours.
After picking up the expired moose they are delivered to local charities to help feed the hungry.
“Thanks to a grant from the Alaska State Legislature, support from state agencies, and especially the Parnell Administration, the AMF has now begun moose salvage collection on the Mat-Su roads,” said Executive Director for AMF Gary Olson, in a press release January 27. “By providing a 24/7 rapid response service, the Alaska Moose Federation can help keep our roads and highways safer.”
In the Mat-Su Borough an average of 270 moose/vehicle collisions happen a year. In every collision an average of $35,000 worth of damage happens, according to AMF.
This year the Mat-Su Borough has already reached 270 moose/automobile accidents – this could cause an estimated $15 million dollars worth of damage this year.
The new Mat-Su group consists of 5 trucks – specially equipped – operated by volunteers and covers the area in Talkeetna to Sutton to the Palmer Hay Flats to Point MacKenzie.