Moose Suffering in Nikiski

Posted: April 19, 2013 at 3:59 pm

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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4 Comments to “Moose Suffering in Nikiski”

  • Leah says:

    It’s true…the moose calves out here are dropping like flies. :(

  • Melissa Haga says:

    I have noticed that this spring I have not seen any new calves and am used to seeing them this time of year. In fact, I look forward to those red haired babies every spring!!

  • Cubbug says:

    Mellisa, those little ones really don’t start showing up till the 1st or 2nd week of May, so keep watching.
    Please folks!! Keep your dogs under your direct control. It’s kind of a no brainer, but what would you rather have, 1 or 2 more moose calves or some dog running loose that the owner has no idea of its whereabouts killing them? I vote for the moose and you should too. Keep your husky that is probably named Yukon or Kobuk HOME ! It’s a win- win.

  • Sweetie says:

    Yeah………..looks like 163 got nailed by F-150′s and Silverados! Stae refuses to consider fencing high mortality areas along the highways. Other States commonly do fencing and underpasses to protect the moose from highway deaths. NOT Alaska, they would rather sit back and simply blame the low populations on wolves and poor habitat. Poor habitat is an issue. But so is the rapid urbanization in this area and high rate of vehicle-moose collisions.