Erecting a fence to keep moose off Minnesota Drive and O'Malley Road could hurt the animals and could even increase the number of collisions with cars, state wildlife biologist Jessy Coltrane said.
agency opposes the plan by the state Department of Transportation and has provided comments to traffic planners, she
The project would not reduce the risk to moose or drivers because the sections of fence have to open at intersections along the five-mile stretch, she
"We would love to reduce moose collisions - don't get me wrong.
But I just don't think that this is necessarily going to be the best way to do it," Coltrane
"It may actually have the opposite effect."
It would be better to increase lighting in the area, clear vegetation and slow traffic, she
Traffic planners estimate the fence would cut the number of vehicle-moose collisions in half, the Anchorage Daily News
(http://is.gd/wTX6MI ) reported.
Between 2000 and 2010, there were 106 such crashes in the proposed area, according to DOT statistics.
DOT officials already plan to cut brush as part of the project to help drivers see moose sooner.
But officials said the other recommendations by Coltrane
would not work.