Snow Is Causing Moose Problems
Massive amount of snow is pushing moose out of the wilderness
Deep snow around the Anchorage area is causing problems for not only people this winter, but the moose population as well.
The deep winter snow means moose are trying to find an easier access to food.
“They come down here, to the low lands, where we've been nice enough to clear a bunch of trails, and they don't have to slug through the heavy snow,” said Fish and Game Assistant Area Biologist, David Battle.
Every year the animals wander through neighborhoods, but according to wildlife experts there are even more this year – which could pose hazards for residents.
“These moose don't have much of a sense of humor anymore, and they are desperate, and they are in a position, you have to keep an eye out – especially tell your kids walking to and from school to watch out because they are in an ornery state right now and you have to be aware of that,” said Alaska Moose Federation Executive Director Gary Olson
Also be aware it’s illegal to feed moose and those who grow accustomed to a daily meal can get mean.
“The next human that doesn't have a carrot to give it might get kicked because the moose becomes aggressive towards someone who doesn't feed it, if it gets used to being fed,” said Battle. “The next person doesn't feed it – it’s going to follow them around and it might become aggressive.”
Experts are telling everyone to stay alert when driving – if you see a moose on your way to work, it’s likely to be in the same area when you drive home.
According to Olson, crews will be working extensively over the next ten weeks to clear trails and make the woods a more hospitable place for moose, so they don’t have to venture into the roadways.