Thursday, May 31, 2012

Moose Dangers at Kincaid

In case you haven't heard, this Memorial Day weekend saw a few bad encounters between mountain bikers and momma moose in Kincaid Park. Alaska Dispatch has an account here.

Because of the nature of the new singletracks, it's pretty easy to come upon a moose around a blind corner or over a rise. Now that it's moose calving season, the cows have become very territorial and protective of their calves. If you come across them, assume the cow will attack!

We recommend using great caution when riding on the singletrack trails. Better yet, choose the wider ski trails until the moose calves are strong enough to be more mobile. According to Fish & Wildlife biologist, Jessy Coltrane, the period between late May and June 15 is the most critical for young moose and the most dangerous for people recreating near them. That said, moose can still be a threat after June 15, so you should always exercise caution.

You can find more information on wildlife behavior by visiting the Alaska Fish and Game website. Ride safely.

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