Motorists illegally corral moose calf on Minnesota
On a busy Anchorage roadway Wednesday, motorists were shown the latest example of a wild animal encounter gone wrong.
Wednesday morning, inbound traffic on Minnesota near Westchester Lagoon came to a standstill. Why, do you ask? Two moose calves were in the roadway-- their mother was nowhere in sight.
What happened next, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game says, was not only dangerous-- it was illegal.
Cracked Wireless owner Matt Walker is all about punctuality. He's never late for work-- until Wednesday.
"I started looking-- that's not a wreck-- it's on the other side of the road. The traffic on the other side's stopped, too. Started looking and looking. Oh, it's two baby moose."
The pair backed up traffic 50 cars deep on Minnesota by Westchester Lagoon. The babies couldn't make it up and over the median.
"Next thing you know, one person starts getting out of their car. I was, 'oh, you're dumb. You're dumb, here we go!" Walker joked, "So, that's when I whipped the camera out and I was like, this is gonna be interesting."
At least three people began chasing after the lone calf, whose mother, and now its sibling, have made it to the other side of the busy road. The calf seems to spook and then runs away.
Walker says he thought the drivers had learned their lesson.
"The next thing you know, another person pops out-- another person-- and I was like uh-oh. I'm not helping this. No, I know how it feels to get kicked by a moose; I'm not doing it.
But, plenty of other people were more than willing to put themselves right in front of the moose-- a whole group of them started corralling the calf, who begins to dart around in jerky, panicky motions.
The first person grabs its middle, then another its head, and all of the sudden, they're picking it up and heaving it over the median.
"Mom's probably nearby, and it's amazing how fast they can show up at the scene and they can inflict some damage-- very dangerous," says Kenneth Marsh.
Marsh works for ADFG and says while these people may have thought they were helping, they were likely making things worse. Not to mention what they did is against state law.
"You may be doing more harm than good to the wildlife and quite possibly to yourself."
If this happens to you, the only thing you should do, Marsh says, is call Fish and Game. While he's glad no one was hurt, he hopes these people-- and everyone watching at home-- learned their lesson: Never, ever touch a moose.
Walker says both calves were reunited with their mom on the other side of the road.
Fish and Game says by the time they got there, they were gone. Biologists came across a mother moose nearby several hours later-- who they think was the same mother-- she was by herself and very stressed out.
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