Troopers searching for information on recent moose killings in Anchorage
The Alaska Wildlife Troopers are searching for possible suspects responsible for shooting two moose to death in Anchorage earlier this week. They say they don’t know why the moose were shot, which has them worried.
The first moose was found early Tuesday morning in a Mountain View neighborhood off Bragaw Street. The second moose was shot that night in Valley of the Moon Park. Police found its body just after midnight.
Danny Brandt and Annie Heise saw the moose lying down in the snow Tuesday evening when they visited the park, but didn’t realize it was hurt.
“We just kind of went and peeked to see where it was and its head was up and it was just kind of looking at us and then when we left,” said Heise. “Its head was down and we were like, oh, OK, it’s sleeping. We really didn’t know.”
Brandt said they later saw hair and blood in the same area they had seen the moose earlier.
They both said it’s scary and sad to know someone shot the animal for apparently no reason.
Cpt. Rex Leath, AWT Northern Detachment commander, said both moose were shot six times and confirmed the two shootings are likely connected.
“Both moose were shot at similar times of the night. They were shot in a similar fashion. They were shot with a similar caliber and they were shot similar amounts of times,” said Leath.
Leath said these incidents are dangerous. Moose reproduce slowly and taking some out of the gene pool can impact the whole population. It’s also dangerous for the people living in the areas where the shots were fired.
“If they were shot for a thrill, or just because it was an opportunistic moment for someone to kill an animal, people should be concerned,” Leath said.
While troopers continue looking for suspects, Brandt and Heise say it won’t stop them from visiting Valley of the Moon, their neighborhood park.
“The first week we were here, the double homicide happened at the park and it’s concerning that stuff like that is happening, but I think people just can’t stay inside. Because if you stay inside, you’re going to let that stuff take over your neighborhood,” said Brandt. “So I think people in Anchorage need to go outside and stay engaged.”
Troopers say incidents like this are uncommon, but they’re concerned about it and want to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
If you know anything, you’re asked to call the anonymous Alaska Wildlife Safeguard Hotline at 1-800-478-3377.
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