Deep snow leads to aggressive elk behavior in Alaska | Alaska News


FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – It’s not just people who are irritated by the deep snow this winter in Alaska.

An Alaska wildlife officer tells Fairbanks’ KTVF-TV that the deep snowfall and high winds that have prevailed across the state this winter have caused moose to be more aggressive towards humans.

“The snowfall in December was really heavy,” said Tony Hollis, Fairbanks wildlife biologist with the Department of Fish and Game. “This deep snow has meant that moose do not want to be in the snow. They want to be on the sidewalks or on hard paths or groomed paths that are easier for them to travel on. “

Moose do not want to be pushed off the plowed areas such as roads and paths.

“They don’t want to have to travel into deep snow, and when they are forced to, they get aggressive … just to stay on the hard ground,” said Hollis.

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Moose also behave more aggressively when approaching people’s homes or property, which worries residents.

He advised people to be patient and wait for a moose to leave an area instead of trying to attack it, but he says it may take some time as moose aren’t moving fast at this point.

He said moose can get aggressive if people try to berate them.

“They can be very stubborn, especially when they are stressed like now, and their reaction is to be aggressive when they are stressed,” Hollis said. “Trying to mist a moose, to push it, can cause that animal to become aggressive and attack and attack.”

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