Moose are Not More Important Than People's Safety; Support
to the Editor /
Anchorage Daily News
/ May 3, 2004
Recent letters regarding plans to remove moose from the Anchorage area show
plenty of empathy for moose, but seem lacking in the ability to imagine the
terror that a human feels during a moose attack.
Last summer, my 11-year-old daughter was attacked by a moose. Writers speak about
the negative effects that trauma, physical stress and anesthesia have on a moose
when moved. Do they believe that the trauma to a moose is greater than what my
daughter felt as she lay face down in the dirt believing she was about to die?
Is the physical stress to a moose more demanding than the stitches, plating and
permanent scars my daughter has endured? Is anesthesia for a moose more dangerous
than the anesthesia my daughter underwent during surgery to repair her broken
bone? Does anyone believe that the life of a moose is worth more than the life
of a child, or a motorist or a jogger?
People have died, there is a man walking around with a titanium plate in his
face, my daughter and another young boy learned way too young the frailty of
life. How much more does it take to see that this problem needs to be addressed?
The Alaska Moose Federation is trying to find alternatives to hold down the Anchorage
moose population other than with the hood of a car. Please ask your legislator
to support SB 329.
-- Maggie Strobbe / Anchorage
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