This time of year is usually filled with stories of avanlanches - both along highways and in high country posing dangers to backcountry skiers. Avalanches, landslides, and rockslides are common dangers in many locations and especially so in Alaska. But every once in a while a story comes along that makes you do a double take!
Howard Peterson, a State Trooper based out of Girdwood, Alaska, was heading home late one evening and travelling along the Seward Highway when in the blink of an eye, a large dark object fell about twenty feet in front of his car. At first, Peterson thought it was a falling rock, but after getting out of his car, he soon realized it was a moose!
Most likely the moose had been up on the cliff and either tripped or slipped....or was reaching for food and lost its balance. Although uncommon, state wildlife biologist Rick Sinnott says it is not entirely unheard of for this sort of thing to happen.
(This story appeared in the Anchorage Daily News. To read more about the incident, please visit the story: "Falling moose nearly takes out trooper"