Alaska Hopes to Lure Moose Away From Roadways
Alaska has been receiving an abundance of snow this year, and with that moose are being pushed towards roadways and railroad tracks in search of food. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has decided in efforts to lessen people-moose interactions, to allow the Alaska Moose Federation to set up feeding stations to divert the moose.
“We are authorizing this extraordinary step due to public safety concerns. We hope the diversionary feeding stations will lure moose away from roads and will reduce moose-vehicle collisions and other dangerous encounters,” said Tony Kavalok, Assistant Director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation. This diversionary feeding permit allows the permit holder, not the general public, to feed moose. “This program is warranted only under exceptional circumstances such as has been created by this years’ snow conditions,” said Kavalok.
The public is advised to give moose an extra wide berth, as with the lack of food and harsh weather they may be more stressed out than normal and ready to attack. Also a reminder to the public, it is against the law to feed moose without a permit from the Department of Fish and Game. Moose become territorial very easily, and feeding them may become dangerous to the feeder and feeder's neighbors.
The Alaska Moose Federation will be feeding them quality feed. They have volunteers and supplies ready to set up the feeding stations. They will be setting up the stations in management units 13, 14, 15, and 16 which covers most of Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna, and Kenai Peninsula Boroughs. From Alaska Department of Fish and Game.