Police kill moose shot by bicyclist in Kincaid Park

Michelle Theriault Boots

A bicyclist shot a moose in Kincaid Park Friday night after the animal charged him, Anchorage police said.

Police later found and killed the wounded moose on the park's disc golf course.

The man, whose name has not been released, told police that he was bicycling on an unspecified trail in the park at around 6 p.m. on Friday with his dog, which he said was on a leash. He rounded a corner and saw a moose and two calves about 25 feet to the left of the trail, according to a police report.

"His dog started to bark and apparently the moose charged him," Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Dani Myren said Sunday.

The man fired at the moose "multiple times with a handgun because he was afraid the animal would hurt him," according to the police report.

He called police, who met him at the Kincaid Park chalet and later found the injured moose at hole 5 of the disc golf course. Officers killed the animal due to the seriousness of its injuries, Myren said. The hole is northwest of the chalet near the new soccer fields and the Mize Loop.

A charity was called to salvage the meat.

It's not known what happened to the calves seen with the animal, Myren said.

The incident marks the second time in a month that a moose has been shot and killed in the park, which is popular with both humans and ungulates.

In late September, a police officer shot and killed a bull moose that charged a pack of middle school cross-country runners on the Lekisch Trail, near the park's stadium.

Reach Michelle Theriault Boots at mtheriault@adn.com or 257-4344.