ANCHORAGE, Alaska — It's calving season for Alaska's moose and every year the Alaska Department of Fish and Game receives dozens of calls about orphaned calves. This year, the department is teaming up with the Alaska Moose Federation on a calf rearing program.
At a facility in the Matanuska Valley, Alaska Moose Federation volunteers will raise calves with the intent of working with biologists to release them within a couple months.
"As far as the success, I've raised a number of them and returned them to the wild with radio collars on and been able to monitor them through the following year and determine they do have a very high survival rate," said Bill Collins, a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
The Alaska Moose Federation had to meet a lengthy list of criteria in order to operate the program. One day after the facility opened, biologists brought in two calves after their mother was shot and killed when she attacked a Palmer woman. The facility is not open to the public because it's best that the calves not have too much contact with people.