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On Alaskan Roads It's Driver Be VERY Aware!

Updated on April 28, 2012

It's a moooose! You slam on the brakes and skid slamming into one of mother natures larger critters in northern climes-the Moose!

One of the more unexpected issues about weather change is occuring in and around Anchorage, Alaska. Because the snow as been one of the heaviest on record, even by their standards, the huge animals, often weighing in at 1500 lbs and seven foot high, are searching for the food along roads.

The cause of the heavy snow was due to the La Nina impact during the winter that created more high pressure to sit off the California coast. This forced the jet stream northward more and instead of California getting rain, they got dry and Alaska got more snow.

Anchorage has one of the more heavily populated moose areas and so far there have been 455 moose versus car accidents, nearly double what is normal. The state is trying to lure the animals with feed away from the roads and highways. Many of the roadside kills occur at night when conditions are poor and moose are hard to see. Relocating the wild moose is also a difficult undertaking and Alaska has allocated $1.8 million to do just that. They capture the moose and then ship them out away from roads.

Usually, three things occur when a moose versus car event occurs: death to the moose, injury\death to car occupants and so much damage to the vehicle that it is totaled by insurance. State Farm Insurance cites over 1,000,000 accidents occur with moose and deer every year.

Driver beware until the snow melts.


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    • flacoinohio profile image

      flacoinohio 5 years ago from Ohio

      Upwards of 2000 pounds, some more. The ASP cow was around 2130 pounds, she was killed after a soldier with no winter driving experience kit her with a jeep wagonneer.

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      perrya 5 years ago

      They are huge animals!

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      flacoinohio 5 years ago from Ohio

      Northern Maine has the same dilema with its moose population. I can remember having to slow down many times going from Solon to Bingham to wait for moose to cross the road. Then again, I remember guard duty at an ASP in Ft Wainwright in Fairbanks where a cow was constantly setting off the bunker alarms because snow drifted over the fences and she could walk right over the fence. She seemed to think it was fun to set off alarms by kicking the bunker doors. She would also terrorize the guard shack, guard vehicles, and portapotty, she knocked that over several times a week.