Moose Suffering in Nikiski

Raging fires are generally considered a bad thing, but Nikiski’s moose population might not agree. It’s been about 40 years since the last major fire in the area, and ADF&G’s Jeff Selinger said that poses problems for hungry moose…

 

Selinger: “Habitats after big disturbances, in particular burns, will last about 20 to 25 years post-burn and then they lose their utility for producing quality browse for the moose that’re out there, so ideally you’d have a fire event every 20 to 25 years or several smaller ones back to back, where you’re turning over 50,000+ acres every 20 years.”

 

Selinger said the health of moose around Nikiski, in Game Unit 15A, is generally poor and encouraged residents to be considerate…

 

Selinger: “They’re very skinny and they’re having a rough time, so anything we can do to minimize disturbance around those calves in particular, like keeping dogs on a leash or under your voice control so they’re not chasing and harassing the animals at this time of year is real important.”

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