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blacbird
02-14-2008, 03:49 AM
"Notice how they do not so much fly, as plummet."

-- Graham Chapman, of Monty Python's Flying Circus

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23135666/?GT1=10856

This happened just south of town, on a spectacular section of highway that perches between the cliffs and the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet. Moose are a constant hazard on roadways in this area, although not usually in this fashion. I know of two traffic fatalities from motorists running into moose so far this year in the city of Anchorage. One happened about half a mile from my house. The beasts are utterly unaware of vehicles, and will blithely walk right out in front of you from the darkness, and you have no way to stop. An adult moose can stand seven feet tall at the shoulder, weigh nearly half a ton, and if you hit one while driving a normal car or pickup, that half a ton of meat comes right in through your windshield.

caw

Red-Green
02-14-2008, 03:52 AM
I couldn't bring myself to click the linky. At least if you hit a pig, you'll just get the axle knocked out from under your car. A moose? *shudder*