The Alaska Department of Fish and Game estimates that over 800 moose/vehicle collisions will happen each year. Sunrise, sunset, and winter are the times when it occurs most frequently.
If there is an upside to all the collisions/moose fatalities, it’s knowing that there are very few human casualties. An article in the Alaska Daily News proclaimed that the odds of being murdered in Alaska are greater than being killed in a collision with a moose (relax, being murdered is also very, very low). I sure hope the Department of Tourism doesn’t use that for their new advertising campaign.
The majority of all big game animal collisions in the state are with moose, but they aren’t the only animals that will cross the road to get to the other side.
Bears have no problems crossing the road. This young brown bear patiently waited until the car passed.
Caribou seem less interested in crossing, but would rather take a leisurely stroll along side the road instead. They often get distracted by reading signs…
I’ll give these two credit, at least they’re traveling in the right direction. Be warned. They’re terrible at signaling turns.
So, a word to the wise. Be careful when driving in Alaska. Not only are sleep deprived fisherman on the road, big game animals are out there too.