ANCHORAGE, Alaska — It’s been a tough year for moose in the Anchorage area.
Record snow has fallen this year, driving more moose down from the mountain valleys into flat, wintering areas, or the most populated parts of Alaska.
The moose count for the municipality of Anchorage is about 1,500. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough, just north of Anchorage, has about 8,000 moose, the highest count ever, said Tony Kavalok, the assistant director for the Fish and Game’s Division of Wildlife Conservation
While there won’t be a total on the number of moose-car collisions in Anchorage until the end of the season (typically, about 155 moose are killed in accidents), it’s been a record-breaking year in the Mat-Su Borough.
Already this year, there’s been 455 moose killed in the borough, Kavalok said, topping the previous record of 387 kills in 2003-04.