Dead Moose Surfacing on Kenai

Associated Press / Fairbanks Daily News-Miner / April 7, 2004

KENAI--Moose carcasses are piling up in the Kenai Peninsula, littering back-road ditches, often with ropes still cinched tightly around their necks.

The moose likely died of starvation near private homes and property owners were doing what Alaska law says is their responsibility--disposing of the animals.

Discarding a moose carcass on a back road is legal. But state wildlife officials say dead animals should be left at least a mile in every direction away from any occupied dwelling, for sanitation's sake and to avoid attracting predators and scavengers to populated areas.

Officials also recommend dragging the carcass off the roadside into the woods.

"Put it back into the system. It's a natural thing. There are plenty of dead moose lying around (in the woods)," Larry Lewis, wildlife technician with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, told the Peninsula Clarion.

Regardless of how a carcass is disposed, Fish and Game encourages the public to report all moose starvation deaths.

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