Moose road-kill numbers down in Mat-Su

Posted: Monday, January 29, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The number of road-killed moose is reported down in the Mat-Su region.

The fall total for moose killed on Matanuska-Susitna Valley roads came in at 47, or below the 10-year average.

Biologists think weather was a big factor. A lack of snow allowed moose to stay in the high country and gave them plenty of walking room away from plowed roads.

But the low roadkill numbers might not accurately reflect conditions for moose throughout the Susitna Valley, biologists said.

A series of tough winters has reduced the moose population west of the Susitna River, officials said.

Wolf numbers also are up in the area, and the wolves there prey almost exclusively on moose.

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