Troopers ask for help to pick up moose roadkill

Posted: Monday, January 10, 2011

FAIRBANKS — Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Fairbanks are taking applications from people willing to collect moose killed on area roads.

Volunteers are needed because there aren’t enough nonprofit charities responding to calls to help dispose of road-killed moose, according to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Lt. Lantz Dahlke, who heads the Fairbanks wildlife trooper detachment, said it sometimes takes more than two dozen calls to get someone or a group to respond.

“We’re having problems getting qualified groups to come out and pick up moose,” he said.

A moose conservation group’s plan to pick up road-killed moose and deliver them to charities in Fairbanks this winter fell through because of lack of funding.

That is the same reason the Alaska Moose Federation mothballed its salvage program in Anchorage this winter.

“Our trucks are parked with a foot of snow on them,” AMF director Gary Olson in Anchorage said.

The nonprofit organization was hoping to begin picking up moose killed on Fairbanks-area roads this winter using flatbed trucks equipped with winches and emergency lights.

The AMF started a similar salvage program in the Anchorage bowl last winter and retrieved almost 50 dead moose from the roads in the course of five months.

But the cost of buying commercial auto insurance made it too expensive for the organization to continue the Anchorage program and impossible to expand it to Fairbanks, Olson said.

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