01/27/12 - 9:38am
Early in the New Year, my daughter's swim coach, Luke, had his vehicle totaled in a collision with a moose. He came out of it with whip lash and embedded glass shards, but fortunately without serious injury. The loss of his 2010 Toyota Corolla, the threat to his life, and the couple weeks off from work became just another statistic -- a numerical contribution to the 250 or so moose that are killed in a typical year by collisions with trucks and cars on the Kenai Peninsula. While I'm really glad that Luke came out of this OK, as a wildlife biologist I gave some thought to the dead moose.