Feeding Anchorage wildlife -- intentionally or by leaving out unsecured garbage -- is a "huge problem," said Jessy Coltrane, Anchorage-area biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
frequently called out to deal with the consequences.
"Unfortunately, it's rare that we catch people in the act unless they're doing something really egregious that their neighbors are seeing," Coltrane
Fish and Game got an email complaint about Becker feeding moose on his
property off Huffman Road, and the agency forwarded it to the wildlife troopers, she
Moose that are fed by people or that find an easy source of food in garbage tend to get aggressive, Coltrane
The animals defend the lawns, garbage cans or trash bins where they know they can get easy food.
Trash, especially plastic items, can clog up a moose's digestive tract, she
"When moose have found their little garbage can stash, they tend to be more cantankerous than bears around it," Coltrane
Negligently feeding wild game, including leaving unsecured garbage, can earn you a $310 citation, Coltrane
said citations are issued more frequently in the summer.
said typically only two or three citations are issued during the winter.