An aggressive bull moose was shot to death by Anchorage police Tuesday afternoon at Kincaid Park, near the scene of a middle school race featuring hundreds of kids.
About 400 students from four or five middle schools were participating in a cross-country race and hundreds more runners of all ages were arriving for the popular Tuesday Night Race Series when an Anchorage Police Department officer shot the moose.
APD spokesman Anita Shell said the bull was one of two males fighting over a cow in heat that was with a yearling calf.
The larger bull -- the one killed -- chased the smaller one away and then laid down, about 18 feet away from the race course where children were running.
"The officer said the noise apparently caused the big bull to become agitated and he got up from the ground and started charging the girls, coming within (six feet) of them before the officer fired three shots (slugs) with his shotgun," Shell wrote. "The moose was struck twice in the heart and died quickly."
It's sad, because the bull was doing what moose do, this time of year. I'm guessing the kids will have something to talk about, though!