Deep Snow Doesn't Bode Well For Alaska's Moose
Alaska is known for its long cold winters, but this winter has brought a lot more snow than usual. With the snow, moose are moving towards roadways and railroad tracks to forage for food. Previously the state had troopers and volunteers work on removing the moose roadkill from the roadway. In one case it took over 9 hours from collision to removal, as a Grandma came with her knife drawer and learned how to butcher right along the roadway. This is not very safe for the people dressing out the moose nor for other motorists.
The Alaska Moose Federation has stepped up to the plate, as of January 1st they are removing moose in Anchorage and in the Mat-Su Valley. The Mat-Su Valley will have about 270 moose vehicle collisions in a normal winter, this winter there has already been 315 with a couple months left of winter.
All the meat goes to charities. The program is run by volunteers, who want to make it safer for motorists and help get moose meat into people's freezers. There have been at least one to three calls a day since the AMF has taken over. One was a false alarm at 3 am, a motorist called to report the need for a truck to remove a moose. They called back later to tell the volunteer the moose had revived itself and ran off. Now response time gets the moose out of the way in about 15-20 minutes. AMF is also responsible for any calves as well. The calves were usually next in line to get hit by a car, but are now being moved to a safer place. AMF also uses this service as research for roadway help for the moose during bad conditions. From Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman.