ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Moose Federation said motorists and moose have been getting a break on the roads this winter compared to last season.
When a collision does occur, volunteers with the organization respond to the scene removing the carcass and delivering it to a person or charity in need of the free meat.
“You have a potentially a 1,000 pound moose and all that meat is just sitting there and there's nothing wrong with it at all,” said Ryan Bombini, a volunteer with the Alaska Moose Federation.
The Alaska Moose Federation has more than 3 dozen volunteers statewide who pickup moose from roadways.
“Sometimes we get a call everyday, during work, after work, midnight, 1 in the morning and then we go a week or 2 without anything at all,” said Bombini.
When law enforcement responds to the scene of a moose and motorist collision, they call the Alaska Moose Federation and provide them with the name and address of where the moose can be delivered.
Alaska Moose Federation president Gary Olson said moose is delivered to charities and people and organizations on its recipient list. Olson said Anchorage police has told them when Alaska Moose Federation arrives it cuts down the response time of moose and motorist collisions by at least 2 hours.