Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited a 67-year-old Anchorage man for feeding cabbage to moose at his Hillside home.
Samuel Becker was issued a summons Saturday to appear in Anchorage District Court for intentionally feeding game, a misdemeanor with a fine up to $10,000 and a year in jail, said Megan Peters, troopers spokeswoman.
Feeding Anchorage wildlife -- intentionally or by leaving out unsecured garbage -- is a "huge problem," said Jessy Coltrane, Anchorage-area biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. She's frequently called out to deal with the consequences.
Moose that are fed by people or that find an easy source of food in garbage tend to get aggressive, Coltrane said. The animals defend the lawns, garbage cans or trash bins where they know they can get easy food. Trash, especially plastic items, can clog up a moose's digestive tract, she said.
I don't mean to make light of what could endanger the moose (unindicted co-conspirator?), but it just sounded strange when I first saw the headline.
Just another slice of Alaskan life.