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Alaska city moose count relies on tips, DNA-extracting darts
Published in 6-3-2018
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Moose thrive in Alaska's largest city with little to fear from natural predators such as wolves or bears, but getting an accurate count of the largest member of the deer family remains a challenge for the state wildlife biologists who must manage their numbers. Traditionally, aerial surveys are performed from low-flying aircraft after there's snow on the ground when spotters can distinguish between male moose with antlers and cows without them, but flight rules from Anchorage's international airport prohibit the survey flights. In response to those restrictions, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is experimenting with a new method of surveying moose.