Moose road kills up over last year

Posted: Sunday, December 21, 2003

Moose road kill totals on the Kenai Peninsula are up significantly over this time last year.

As of Thursday, 166 moose have been killed by collisions with vehicles on the peninsula since July 1, when the annual tally begins.

Last year, only 107 moose were killed by Dec. 31, said Alaska Department of Fish and Game Peninsula Area Wildlife Biologist Jeff Selinger.

With almost two weeks to go before the end of the month, there easily could be another 15 to 20 kills, he added.

The most important thing a driver can do to avoid hitting a moose is slow down, Selinger said.

"Traveling 60 on an icy road, your chance of hitting a moose is a lot higher, especially in the dark," he said.

Fish and Game Wildlife Technician Larry Lewis offered drivers a few "common sense" suggestions to avoid adding to the moose kill total:

Leave earlier so you can drive slower;

Don't "over drive" your headlights, which means the distance it takes to stop your vehicle shouldn't exceed the distance your headlights allow you to see the road ahead;

Be alert, pay attention to the road; and

Scrape the ice off your windshield, instead of relying on the defroster, and wash your headlights.

The record number of moose road kills on the peninsula was 366 in 1989-90. The low was 171 in 2000-01.

However, records of moose road kills have only been kept since 1985, Selinger said.

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