That suspected bear mauling in South Anchorage? Fish and Game now says it was most likely a moose attackMedical staff previously suspected a hospitalized man was mauled by a bear, but Fish and Game now says a moose was the most likely the cause of his injuries. The victim himself is so seriously hurt that investigators can’t talk to him.
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It's rather grey with a high overcast, and a 90% chance of rain today. There were a few light showers overnight, but nothing significant.
We've altered our routine, doing the grocery shopping in increments during the week, and today we're staying home rather than spending three to four hours hitting the stores. Now that we have our new place outside of Anchorage, we're zealously guarding the amount of time we can spend here.
By the way, we're not the only ones to notice something (although I haven't written about it until now).
In the last couple of years, Anchorage has grown from a rather laid-back, friendly "big small town" into an angry, impatient place. People there seem to be tense and ready to fly off the handle, these days. It probably has something to do with the continued rapid growth of the city into a more-and-more crowded venue; at least, that's my educated guess.
As the oil industry continues to collapse and constrict, we suspect the resulting contraction of the economy has people on edge. Oil has been a mainstay of the Alaskan economy for 40 years, but suddenly isn't. And the crime rate has slowly started to go up, leaving people less and less outgoing.
Our decision to move wasn't really ours; it was the Lord's timing, and He nudged us with the idea. But we were happy to go. Moving away to a small town was the right thing to do. Folks are much happier and friendly here.
And so are we.