Too-tame moose might have to go

Posted: Friday, July 11, 2008

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage's state wildlife biologist was exasperated after a man approached a moose to scratch its ears for about 15 minutes.

State wildlife biologist Rick Sinnott said the moose will have to be killed if it gets too used to people.

The petting incident happened Tuesday night in west Anchorage when a man walked up to a yearling moose in a park during a soccer game and began scratching its head.

Sinnott said the moose-petter, Beau Bodnar, wasn't doing anything illegal, saying, "We can't write citations for stupidity, unfortunately."

Moose are unpredictable animals that have kicked people to death in Anchorage in the past.

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