Biologists try to catch moose with rope on neck

January 25, 2011 

FAIRBANKS -- Alaska state biologists may use a stun gun to incapacitate a moose still wearing a rope from a river rescue three weeks ago.

Snowmachiners had lassoed the animal and pulled it from the Chena River after it had fallen through ice on Jan. 2. A rescuer tried to remove the rope then but the moose balked, so he cut it six feet from the animal.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Tony Hollis says they haven't been able to catch up to the moose. Fairbanks-area biologist Don Young says a Taser may be ideal for the situation.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports research into the effect of Tasers on moose and bears in Alaska has found the devices do not harm the animals.

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