Moose are not scary. If you have a big enough rifle. I had a moose walk up 
to the window of my car one evening in Anchorage. After looking inside and 
figuring out that I was not a threat, he walked off down the street.

Moose and bears are part of the mystique of living up there. I remember 
fishing for salmon near Talkeetna in June of 1992. My buddy had been 
fighting a king salmon for over 30 minutes. On the other side of the 
creek, a momma bear and 2 cubs sat down to watch. I could have sworn that 
momma gestured for him to let her catch the fish for him. They're the 
experts, after all.

During the Iditarod and various other dog sled races, the mushers carry 
AR-15's and other types of lightweight but high powered rifles. Apparently 
moose will mistake the dog teams for a pack of wolves, and become 
aggressive. If the moose gets tangled up in the traces, the only thing the 
musher can do is to shoot it, because it will systematically kill all of 
the dogs. Unfortunately, Alaska state law requires that if this happens, 
the musher has to dress out the moose and bring the meat into the nearest 
town for distribution th whomever needs it.

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