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Alaska Moose Federation comes to Fairbanks

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The Alaska Moose Federation (AMF) has expanded its program of salvaging moose from the roads of Southcentral Alaska to the Fairbanks area, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports in an article highlighting the program. The Anchorage-based nonprofit is dedicated to building rural moose populations and keeping moose off of highways, according to its website.

AMF has used some unusual tactics, including a controversial Anchorage moose relocation program that was backed by more than $2 million in state grants and suspended so far this winter. AMF also runs a program of feeding moose in order to divert them from train tracks and highways, and to keep them from starving, another idea that has run into scrutiny.

And the group is responsible for hauling moose killed on the road to individuals or nonprofits, which then distribute the meat to homes. This will be AMF's primary focus in Fairbanks, with about six people helping to deliver the moose meat.

Executive Director Gary Olson also hopes to extend similar moose-diversion program to Fairbanks, the News-Miner reports. “It’s to encourage moose to be back in the woods where they belong,” he told the News-Miner.