Biologist euthanizes well-known moose

Posted: Sunday, April 06, 2008

ANCHORAGE - A well-known Anchorage moose has been euthanized.

State wildlife biologist Rick Sinnott says he shot the aging bull moose known as Buzzwinkle after finding him severely emaciated and unable to get up in a Spenard lot.

The moose was at least 13 years old.

Sinnott says the moose had badly worn teeth and an infected wound on his rump.

Buzzwinkle got his antlers tangled in a rope swing in a Turnagain yard in 2004 and was darted and tagged.

He also managed to tangle Christmas lights in his rack.

The moose was dubbed Buzzwinkle in November after eating fermented crab apples.

With Christmas lights in his antlers, the animal stared off into the distance, leading observers to conclude he was drunk.

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