Alaskans need to protect our moose

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 19:00

On average, about 700 moose are killed in collisions with motor vehicles each year in Southcentral Alaska, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The total number of collisions, however, is much higher and hard to accurately record because not all the collisions are reported.

We need to protect our moose. Nobody likes to have to pay the large bill it takes to repair their car after a collision, so why not take a few steps to give yourself and the moose a better chance at avoiding a collision?

On dark, unlit roads, use your high beams. They’re there for a reason. Just remember to dim them when approaching fellow motorists.

You could also just slow down. Going faster than you should wont help you out much — it burns your fuel quicker, gives you less time to react and could get you a hefty speeding ticket if you’re going over the speed limit.

Help protect our moose. Keep an eye out for Alaska’s moose, they are there whether you know it or not.


— Jeffrey Hartmann, Eagle River High sophomore

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