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If You Don't Want Moose in Anchorage, Move to a Place without Wildlife

Letters / Anchorage Daily News / August 19, 2006

This letter is for all of those people who don't want wildlife living in Anchorage. I've been here for 30 years now, and I photograph Alaska wildlife as a hobby. I've witnessed a moose give birth to a newborn calf. Tears of joy streamed down my face as I watched the baby moose take its first steps. Last winter, I drove my 4-year-old granddaughter up to a moose. This was her first time ever seeing a moose that close, knowing that she was protected inside grandma's van. We stayed there watching this moose eat on a tree for a long time. Meanwhile, I took the opportunity to explain how moose behave and that we must respect all wildlife. I told her how lucky she was to live in a city that had wildlife moving freely about, without fear of being harmed.

She still talks about that day and I want her to be able to do the same with her own children too. If we remove Anchorage's uniqueness, sharing our city with wildlife, why should I stay here? It will be like every city in the Lower 48. To those who don't like it, I strongly encourage you to move to a city that doesn't any have wildlife and please leave Anchorage's wildlife in your rear view mirror.

---- Janice Monigold / Anchorage

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