Give moose a brake on Alaskan highways

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by Pearl-Grace Rasmussen

 ANCHORAGE, AK -- As the Mat-Su population becomes more dense, another form of life is increasing too.

Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist, Todd Rinaldi says the moose population has been growing and their are making efforts to reduce that. The animal population is set to about 6,500, but the moose residency is around 8,000.

"So we are over our population objective at this time,"  Rinaldi adds. "As moose population increases and human population increases we can expect increase collisions."
 
The Glenn and Parks Highway is a high crossing moose area. On Average about 270 moose are killed in a vehicle collision every year. Fish and Game changes their moose collision quota every July to accuratly keep track of moose population in the winter.
 
"If we zeroed it out on January firstwe really wouldn't be able to let the public know how many collisions are actually occuring during the winter period when he collisions are actually the highest."
 

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