Give grumpy moose plenty of space

Springtime in Alaska is the time to look out for grumpy moose and stay clear of them, say biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Moose are nutritionally stressed, tired and irritable after a long winter, so keep your distance and by all means resist the temptation to feed them, warns Anchorage area wildlife biologist Dave Battle.

While moose are well known for trekking in and out of Anchorage neighborhoods, that’s not an issue in Cordova, according to Charlotte Westing, of the ADF&G office in Cordova. Most of the trails in the area are old growth forest and not popular with moose either, she said.

Still, ADF&G wants to remind everyone that feeding moose is illegal and a leading precursor to many attacks. Feeding a moose is more likely to contribute to its death than benefit the animal.

People who encounter aggressive moose in areas frequented by the public are asked to contact ADF&G.

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