January 5, 2009
Non-profit seeks to keep moose off roads
An Alaska non-profit is suggesting methods of protecting moose on roads, including crosswalks with flashing lights and groomed trails to feedlots.
The president of the Alaska Moose Federation, Gary Olson, met with state Department of Transportation officials in Fairbanks to discuss methods of keeping moose away from the roads, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Monday.
Everybody loves moose and they taste a lot better when they're not marinated with antifreeze, Olson said.
One of the plans promoted by the non-profit calls for crosswalks with flashing lights that would warn motorists when moose are crossing the road. Another plan would install mats near roads that would shock moose walking on them and a third scheme would create groomed trails leading moose to feedlots far from roads.
A moose crossing the road ... we've got to do it better, Olson said at the meeting.
We need to start looking at some of these new technologies.