Bike trail along Glenn reopens after moose encounters
A bike trail off the Glenn Highway where a moose attacked a cyclist on video Monday is now open – although some trailgoers weren't heeding the temporary closure.
Shannon McCarthy, a spokeswoman with the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, said Tuesday that crews were en route to add barricades on the closed section of trail, along the Glenn Highway bordering Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson north of the Arctic Valley Road exit. A cyclist went down after Monday’s attack but wasn’t hurt, after a cow moose with calves nearby lunged at him.
A KTVA photojournalist at the scene Tuesday saw that the moose was still there, with orange signs posted announcing the trail’s closure due to the moose – but at least one cyclist continued past them into the closed area.
Ken Marsh, with the state Department of Fish and Game, urged people to “take the initiative and take another trail” in the name of safety when he was informed people were still traveling past the moose.
“You never want to push getting too close to a cow moose with calves, especially newborn calves – they’re very defensive, especially with babies,” Marsh said. “You’re just safer avoiding that section of trail. It’s also safer for the moose, she could get upset and go out into traffic with babies; it’s not just safer for moose but also for motorists.”
Fish and Game said the mama moose and its two calves walked through a moose gate onto JBER on Wednesday. Adding that the base considered cutting a hole in the fence where the moose were standing to allow them to leave the bike path.
The bike trail was reopened as of Thursday morning.
Scott Jensen and LJ Johnson contributed information to this story.
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