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(Fairbanks Daily)   From the "Things you only see in Alaska" department: A bull moose hanging by its antlers from an electrical power line in the middle of the wilderness   ( divider line
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2004-10-17 03:16:58 PM  
"That's one heck of a meat pole," --- boy have I heard that before! / hung like a bull-moose in full rut
2004-10-17 03:19:01 PM  

Yeah, I didn't read that last part about the donation... my bad.

/NOT a PETA freak
2004-10-17 03:20:09 PM  
enave has it right. I can't imagine the farkwittery that would have transpired if this would have happened elsewhere.
2004-10-17 03:24:25 PM  
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2004-10-17 03:26:22 PM  
The Caption should have read: A well hung moose.
2004-10-17 03:27:17 PM  
Thank you, caption writer, for spelling its correctly. You get a cookie!
2004-10-17 03:27:26 PM  
And in true Alaskan style the man concern was salvaging that tasty meat ;) Sorta funny, had this happened in California the concern would be saving the animal, not making sure the meat wasn't full of drugs.
2004-10-17 03:29:02 PM  
or perhaps, "Reason #3 why being hung like a moose isn't necessarily a good thing."
2004-10-17 03:30:59 PM  
(except this would be "hanged like a moose," not "hung.")
2004-10-17 03:33:31 PM  
Never let good grammar get in the way of a good headline.

/isn't that a Fark tenet
2004-10-17 03:35:46 PM  
That's it, I'm packing up the Jeep and moving to Alaska. We got nuthin' like that going on in the MI.
2004-10-17 03:42:07 PM  
I dunno--drugged moose meat might be the next big thing, even better than pot brownies. Before you know it, kids will be coming from all over the world to hold drugged-moose roasts out in the Alaskan wilderness. Pacifiers, used glow-sticks, and antlers will litter the forests for miles.
2004-10-17 03:42:21 PM  
Great story. Abysmally bad photography. Even discounting the use of a short lens, and standing too far away for said lens, the whole "Why don't I hide the moose behind the pole" decision of the photographer is just... well... stupid.
2004-10-17 03:44:50 PM  
Moose died for your sins.

If I was out for a walk, and saw that, I'd probably stand there with a blank George W expression for a few minutes.
2004-10-17 03:46:34 PM  
I read that a bunch of people are asking why they killed it for the meat, i dont know about Alaska but sometimes they send the meat to soup kitchens. so all is not lost.
2004-10-17 03:53:59 PM  
Summun needs to write a folk song.
2004-10-17 03:59:59 PM  
The antlers are missing. I bet if you keep a close watch on E-Bay, they'll turn up....

/Mmmmm...Moose burgers!
2004-10-17 04:01:49 PM  
'It's not uncommon for bull moose to challenge inanimate objects to a battle during the rut when testosterone has taken over.'

Somehow that just makes me laugh. I wonder what goes through the moose's head...
'That fukin' rock looked at me funny! I better kick its ass!'
-=or=- 'What the fuk! That shiny black cord thing just moved, IT WANTS MY FEMALE!' Though I guess since testosterone has taken over, they aren't thinking very much...
2004-10-17 04:03:09 PM  
A truck driver once told me a story of how he hit a musk ox in Alaska. It was standing in the middle of the road and had already run several cars off in the ditch. The driver said he was hauling a load of drill stem. When he came over a hill, the musk ox challenged him for the road. HThere was no way he could stop in time. Eighteen wheeler 1, musk ox 0. He said they picked up the pieces and dropped them by an orphanage down the road. Nothing goes to waste.
2004-10-17 04:03:39 PM  
strung up in a power line under construction to the Teck Pogo gold mine southeast of Fairbanks.

now how many of you want to drill for oil in the AWR?
2004-10-17 04:04:14 PM  
The line is pulled through leaders on the crossties at the top of the power poles and then winched tight with as much as 5,000 pounds of pressure, he said.


I doubt anyone from the power company said that.

Reminds me of the time the dumbfarks on NPR's Morning Edition ran a story about tugboats on the Great Lakes. As they played nautical sound effects they talked about the great pressure exerted on the tug lines. (That was the day before Garrison Keillor identified the airplane that dropped the A-bomb on Hiroshima as a B-52, BTW)

And people trust these idiots to give them the information they need to make "informed" decisions.
2004-10-17 04:06:36 PM  
Just to let you guys know, since this is in the middle of the Alaska wilderness there is a good chance this was donated to Native Alaskans. It's not the same as a white guy in a town who decides to have moose meat for the winter instead of prime steak cutlets.
2004-10-17 04:11:44 PM  
Personally, I like my moose hung for 28 days. Makes 'em nice and tender.

It kills me that people are surprised at the decision to shoot the moose. Anyone that thinks that NOT saving it for it's meat value should probably get out of the city once in a while. Anyways, this was hardly trophy. Based on that lousy picture, it looks like a small bull. If it had been a mature bull, They probably wouldn't have got it off the ground.

"This will be the weirdest question i have asked on Fark (TF aside), but how high can moose jump? Does anybody know?"

My mom and dad have a young bull that comes into their yard during the winter to munch on the hay bale with the horses. He has to jump a barbed-wire fence about 4' tall to get there, and I've routinely seen hair on the fence, suggesting he ain't exactly clearing it by very much (ouch!).

/the more you know
2004-10-17 04:12:33 PM  
Wow, this might be the first time I've seen my paper get greenlighted... I'm surprised the site is holding up so well.

In response to the "Should have saved the moose" faction: the moose's antlers were tangled in the wire (how it got up there in the first place), so to untangle it they would have had to be up close and personal, which couldn't happen unless they sedated it. With the moose already under tremendous stress (and rightly so... imagine hanging from a powerline by your hair), odds are very good that it would have died upon tranquilization. So they took the most reasonable course of action, and now instead of the state having to deal with a dead, drug-filled moose, someone who might not have had sufficient food/money to make it through the winter has several hundred pounds of moose meat.

Plus, it's not like we're going to run out of moose up here. Hell, one was in what remained of my garden yesterday, eating the frozen pea vines. If any of you are that concerned about moose, I'll find that one and mail it to you.

2004-10-17 04:16:37 PM  
Forgot to add that Tim Mowry, the guy who wrote the story, is kind of a douche, and by kind of I mean fully. So Tinian, that's almost certainly where the pressure-tension screwup came from.
2004-10-17 04:18:15 PM  
If there's no way to save the moose then I would have no problem with salvaging the meat, but the fact is there WAS a simple way to try and save the moose and it MAY have worked but they obviously wanted a trophy.

If moose truly are so abundant, then let the Native Alaskans hunt them. This is the equivalent of..well, shooting fish in the barrell.

I'm so sad for how scared that moose must have been up there, think for a minute how relieved he must have been to be let down, to be alive, breathing and in one piece and then someone says "Look at that rack: shoot it! We'll make up a story about mercy later"

/also not a PETA freak, just a sympathetic human
2004-10-17 04:20:11 PM  
After closely inspecting the pics I noticed the moose's hind legs were wrapped around the pole. Since it was a bull in full rut, I thought maybe he saw a knothole up there and figured that was the only way to get to it.

After an internets search I've come up with an alternative explanation:

[image from too old to be available]
2004-10-17 04:23:28 PM  
The moose reportedly had an antler spread of 62 inches, a trophy bull by Alaska's big game standards, though Dave Davenport, a technician for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Delta Junction who handled the original call on Oct. 5, is still in the process of finding the antlers, which are state property...
The moose, which probably weighed in the neighborhood of 1,200 pounds, was likely suspended in the air for only a matter of minutes, said Marian.

Just a few comments:
1. The bull was *probably* friggin' big.

2. They really don't know how it got up there, but they sure do make good guesses!

3. Dave Davenport. Sounds kind of...made me...
2004-10-17 04:23:36 PM  
all that being said, this really is the epitome of OWN3D
2004-10-17 04:33:46 PM  
Holy crap, that is amazing.
2004-10-17 04:34:20 PM  
am i the only person who was sorta sad to see they killed it afterward?
2004-10-17 04:41:12 PM  
"Plus, it's not like we're going to run out of moose up here. Hell, one was in what remained of my garden yesterday, eating the frozen pea vines. If any of you are that concerned about moose, I'll find that one and mail it to you."

Exactly, while ive only visited Alaska once, Minnesota where i live isnt that much different when it comes to conservation. Both states are serious about it, but also reasonable. Had there been a reasonable chance to save the poor thing they would have taken it, but there wasnt, so they looked at the practical side of it.

In minnesota every year around hunting season we have people
who complain about it. They say its barbaric, some sort of testosterone fueled death spree(despite the fact that there are thouseands, maybe 10s of thousands of female hunters).
Now, i can sort of empathise with this view on an emotional level. I dont hunt, because I cant bring myself to shoot a living animal for sport, im too much of a softie. That being said, i have been part of the mercy killing of several poor creatures found suffering on the side of the road after being hit. Nothing enrages me more than some idiot who hates 'barbaric hunting' but will hit a deer and leave it to suffer to death on the side of the road cause they cant bring themselves to own a gun, or because they dont want to have the local sheriff put the poor thing out of its misery.

Its understandable to be emotional about it, but you also have to view the situation from a more rational angle. Letting the damn thing starve up there or bringing it down at the risk of lives when it almost certainly would have died anyways would be cruel compared to shooting it.

Trying to save it regardless would be an admirable sentiment, but stupid.
Doing what they did is admirable because its intelligent.
2004-10-17 04:45:21 PM  
MJbites No but in AK if it moves SHOOT IT. The fact that it had antlers meant it was put on Earth by God for Alaskans to blast it.

/Lives in AK.
2004-10-17 04:47:46 PM  
But in all fairness... We do have plenty of Moose here.

Avg car Kills per year are +200
2004-10-17 04:49:25 PM  
Photo of the year!
2004-10-17 04:51:40 PM  

Soundgarden is still playing in my head to.

(kind of hope it never stops)
2004-10-17 04:53:44 PM  
When I was little, I climbed to the top of a telephone pole, 'cause someone told me there was a magnet up there. No idea why a moose would go, though.
2004-10-17 04:55:15 PM  
Damn. You boys can understand what he's singing in that song? Soundgarden pwned, but sometimes I had no clue what the heck he was singing.
2004-10-17 04:55:29 PM  
A moose like that you shouldn't eat all at once.
2004-10-17 04:56:31 PM  
sad story. people just suck.

/not breeding
2004-10-17 04:58:33 PM  
"The only unfortunate part is we had to shoot the moose.

"It would be more of a feel-good story if we had let it down and it ran off," he lamented.

A.) I'm not sure that's really the only unfortunate part.
B.) MORE of a feel-good story? Like, that moose stuck in the power lines WOULD HAVE made me feel really warm and fuzzy inside, if not for the getting shot part...
2004-10-17 05:07:10 PM  
[image from too old to be available]

You gotta play it safe around the power lines!
2004-10-17 05:11:43 PM  
When I was little, I climbed to the top of a telephone pole, 'cause someone told me there was a magnet up there.

Yes, I must volunteer that I, too, have found myself to be in most-difficult places as a result of vain attempts to acquire a rumored magnet.

/just watched "Ladykillers"
2004-10-17 05:12:08 PM  
While it is sad that an animal that beautiful had to die in such a manner (and don't get me wrong, I hunt moose when I can), compared to the carnage (of both humans and moose) that occurs on highways, it's a freak occurrence, and I sincerely doubt that powerline installations will be the end of moose in Alaska. As far as sedating vs killing, anyone with any background in moose biology and/or veterinary medicine (and I know a few) would tell you that the likelihood of that thing coming out of sedation after being hung for that long is practically zero. Killing it and using the meat is the only logical and respectful thing to do. Personally, I think vegans should be put on a large island somewhere where they can try and figure out how to feed themselves without killing ANY animals. THAT would be entertaining.
2004-10-17 05:12:27 PM  
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2004-10-17 05:15:29 PM  
From the "things you only see on the front page of the News-Minus" department: A dead moose hanging by its antlers from a power line.

Second only to their penchant for putting pictures of deadly car wrecks and shaken victims on the front page.

2004-10-17 05:21:09 PM  
I wish I could find the picture of what I'm going to describe. One of the tech at the phone company I work at had taken pictures of a deer that was laying on top of a telephone pole. One of our customers kept calling asking when we were going to remove the deer from the pole and we just thought it was a customer who forgot her meds. Well a tech went out to the area for a different problem & saw it & took pictures. They were circulated all around on the office email. It turned that the deer was on some train tracks close by & was hit by a train. The force of the impact knocked the deer airborne & it landed on top of the telephone pole.
2004-10-17 05:21:57 PM  
JamesBong Amazing picture of said moose behind the telephone pole. Thats some prize winning photojournalism there!
I think this is the best picture that could be had. It looks like on the other side of the pole, the landscape drops off quickly.

If he were under the moose, there'd just be a moose-ass shot; to get a decent shot he'd have to go a ways down the hill and the perspective on just how high the moose was would get screwed up from looking up.
2004-10-17 05:24:51 PM  
Hypernova, is that you, beth?

Why I haven't seen you since the good old days on the beach at Guam.
And if Tim is who I remember yes he is a douche. And a closet case, am I right?

2004-10-17 05:26:51 PM  

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