Moose on the Roads
Although you may come face to face with a moose in Alaska, keep in mind that a majority of moose-related injuries take place on the roads. Their presence on Alaskan roads and highways contributes to about 10 major injuries and one or two roadway fatalities each year [source: Alaska Department of Transportation]. From 1996 to 2006, 17 people died from moose-related car crashes [source: Alaska Department of Transportation].
These accidents happen in spite of many efforts to keep moose off the Alaskan roads. Higher-traffic areas on the highways, for instance, have wire fences, moose underpasses beneath roads to allow for safe crossing and one-way moose gates to help maintain moose-free roads. But drivers and passengers aren't the only ones suffering in these situations. About 130 moose die each year from car crashes in Anchorage alone [source: CBS News].
This situation is not unique to Alaska. Car crashes resulting from deer species, including moose, account for about 1.5 million accidents every year across the United States [source: CNN]. Driver awareness, following traffic laws and using high-beam headlights at night can likely reduce your chances of a moose crash.
If you're interested in finding out more about moose and Alaska, scan the links below.
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- Alaska Department of Fish & Game. "Moose Increasingly Attracted to Urban Garbage." March 25, 2008. (April 7, 2008)http://wildlife.alaska.gov/pubs/news/2008/03-25-2008.pdf
- Alaska Department of Fish & Game. "What to Do About Aggressive Moose." (April 7, 2008)http://www.wc.adfg.state.ak.us/index.cfm?adfg=aawildlife.agmoose
- Alaska Department of Natural Resources. "Bears and You." Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. Updated March 24, 2008. (April 7, 2008)http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/safety/bears.htm
- Alaska Department of Natural Resources. "Common Sense Survival." Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation. Updated March 24, 2008. (April 7, 2008)http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/parks/safety/comsense.htm
- CBS News. "Alaska's Urban Moose Adjust to Heavy Snow." Jan. 31, 2007. (April 7, 2008)http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/01/31/tech/main2417996.shtml
- CNN. "Worst states for auto-deer crashes." Nov. 14, 2006. (April 7, 2008)http://www.cnn.com/2006/AUTOS/11/14/deer_crash/index.html
- DuFresne, Jim and Spitzer, Aaron. "Lonely Planet Alaska." Lonely Planet. 2006. (April 7, 2008)http://books.google.com/books?id=b-JDesZWm5gC
- National Parks Service. "Bear, Moose & Wolf Warnings." (April 7, 2008)http://www.nps.gov/dena/upload/Bear,%20Moose,%20Wolf%20Warnings.pdf
- Smith, Dave. "Don't Get Eaten: The Dangers of Animals that Charge or Attack." 2003. The Mountaineering Books. (April 4, 2008)http://books.google.com/books?id=kpBOpT1oszIC&pg=PA71&dq=alaska+moose+attacks&sig=FSP3CbS8p1j1hdy1OeLXLXlSt_k#PPA71,M1
- Stadem, Catherine. "Moose in Our Midst." Alaska. 1994. (April 4, 2008)