Light snow cover aiding moose

Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A state wildlife biologist says the unusual weather this winter is helping moose.

Chris Hunterbark said the minimal snow cover this year is helping to keep moose in the woods and out of residential areas.

Heavy snowfall makes it tougher for moose to find food and makes it harder for moose to get around, draining their energy.

Hunterbark says more moose calves are physically in better shape this year and will have a good chance of survival.

As long as snow in wooded areas does not reach 20 inches, moose are more likely to stay there, Hunterbark said, and that's likely to mean fewer moose-human interactions.

Currently, snow levels in much of Southcentral are at about six inches.

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