When Bears Kill Moose Calves in our City, We Gain a Different Perspective

Anchorage Daily News / Letters to the Editor / June 6, 2002


Oh my, what a shocker. One would think Anchorage residents would be accustomed to the ways of nature. ("Two moose calves die in bear attacks," June 4) I had to laugh when I saw that one bear killed two moose calves and only partially ate them. This common occurrence in Alaska made the news because it happened in Anchorage.

As far as the biologist removing the remains of the dead calves, now if that bear returns to finish his meals, he'll have to find more calves to kill because the biologists robbed his refrigerator. During the past decade, while Game Management Unit 13 was being devastated (literally thousands of moose calves were killed each year, hundreds only partially eaten), the calves received very little publicity. Maybe if they could have received the same type of publicity, that knowledge could have been instrumental in preserving Unit 13 moose numbers. We now have about 7,500 moose unit-wide. A little more than a decade ago there were 28,500 moose. Since 1989, a conservative estimate is that we have lost 15,000 moose.

-- Marty Caress / Cantwell

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