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Kids, When You Harass Wildlife, You Put Your Own Lives at Risk

Letters / Anchorage Daily News / September 18, 2007

I watched a yearling moose, sides heaving from being harassed by dogs or children, take refuge in my yard. A couple hours later this same moose was again harassed by children throwing rocks. In the wetlands behind the house, a mother moose with a calf curled in the grass was harassed by the same rock-throwing children later in the evening. When I yelled at the kids to leave the animals alone their reactions were not positive.

Parents, please teach your children to respect the local wildlife. Moose are wild animals. They are temperamental, fast on their feet and very protective of their calves. A child on foot will not outrun an enraged 1,000-pound animal. A child on a bicycle won't either.

Children, when someone tells you to quit throwing rocks at the wildlife, listen. The adult yelling at you is trying to save your life. Your small body will not survive being stomped. A mother moose is only protecting its baby. A yearling moose is going to protect itself. That protective instinct could cost the animal its life.

-- Anna Walker

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