Living with Wilderness Means Living with Wild Animals, Even
in Our City
Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / April 17,
There have been many arguments about moose recently. There are not enough in
the Interior, so we are killing wolves; never mind that 360 moose were killed
on Mat-Su roads this winter. We aren't shooting cars for killing so many moose.
Those moose are different for some reason.
One of the great things about Anchorage is all the parks and wilderness. If people
want to keep it, they have to accept that wilderness, even in a city, comes with
some animals, and sometimes they aren't cuddly.
As for the kid who got stomped, what was he doing with a water gun? It was still
freezing out. I'm not accusing him of anything, but I am suspicious. I was a
kid in middle school not so long ago. Kids at my bus stop threw all sorts of
things at moose. I threw all sorts of things at the kids because I didn't want
to get stomped by a moose along with them. I spent my entire childhood in Anchorage
and I knew better than to follow moose around.
A couple of accidents with moose don't mean they all need to go away. If you
don't like moose in Anchorage, tough. Move away, tenderfoot; the moose won't
-- Samantha Lavin / Anchorage
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