Salvage of road-kill moose gets more efficient

February 25, 2010 

Traffic on DeBarr Road in Anchorage stops for a young moose on Tuesday, March 25, 2008.

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The city of Anchorage and the Alaska Moose Federation have teamed up speed removal of road-kill moose from area roads. Using a state grant, four trucks have been outfitted with winches that can quickly get a carcass off the road and deliver it to wherever a charity wants it, reports KTUU. Continued on jump

To protect passing cars and charity workers, police officers stood on scene, sometimes for hours.

"Butchering it alongside the road creates a lot of problems, both a traffic hazard and it's an attractive nuisance. People watching as that happens, they often have accidents," said Anchorage Police Lt. Dave Parker.

Bloomquist says it's taking his group an average of under a half hour from the time it gets a phone call until it gets the moose in the truck.

"The crux of it is to get moose quickly off of the roadway, into a vehicle, so people don't have to be out on the side of the road cutting moose up and just in danger from passing traffic and that kind of stuff," Bloomquist said.

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