|The driver of a pickup truck herds a bull moose off of Minnesota
Drive as traffic backs up on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 with the Kenai
Mountains in the background.|
BOB HALLINEN — Anchorage Daily News
A five-mile stretch of Minnesota Drive and O'Malley Road is the most dangerous in all of Anchorage when it comes to vehicle collisions with moose.I'm not sure how the planners think moose will migrate if they're fenced off & can't cross the road. These very large but gentle herbivores were here first, and we should be accommodating them, insofar as possible. Not to ridiculous extremes ... I'm no tree-hugger ... but let's face it: moose aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer, and they tend to get hung up by their, um, hindquarters trying to jump taller fences.
Between 2000 and 2010, the corridor between International Airport Road and the Old Seward Highway saw 106 encounters with the animals, according to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.
State traffic planners say fencing off the highway, like they've done along Elmore Road and the Glenn Highway, would slice that figure in half, and there's federal money to pay for it. But the state's plan is colliding with area residents who argue that tree-cutting associated with the project will expose their homes to highway noise and cut property values.
Better that the drivers would simply pay a bit more attention. There are nearly 1,000 moose in Anchorage, this time of year, and it's not reasonable to expect them to go in search of a crosswalk. :)