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post #1 of 6 Old 07-08-2013, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Careful in Alaska.......July 2013

If traveling to Alaska/Canada, be careful of the "forests inhabitants". Reading on the ADV forum in the "Alaska" regional section, a rider from Georgia hit a moose head-on.....and was air lifted out........condition unknown. I believe the report said he was traveling with 2-3 other Georgia Riders. In a another accident up north this past week, a rider was killed on a BMW when he drifted across the centerline and hit an RV head-on. This happened on the Taylor Highway, which was shut-down for a day (I believe) after the accident. His traveling partner is so shook-up, he is selling his BMW GS in Anchorage and flying back home (Texas).

Be careful out there........slow down.........smell the roses and enjoy the ride.

http://www.adn.com/2013/07/03/296337...r-hitting.html (Moose)

http://www.ktuu.com/news/fatal-motor...,5972760.story (Fatality)

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From the second link:

Ipsen says the crash occurred on a straight stretch of the highway between two curves, with a reported break in the pavement. Evidence at the scene indicates that Ovist may have tried to brake in the moments before the two vehicles struck.

“He was riding north and something happened where he crossed the road and headed into the path of a motorhome,” Ipsen said. “There appears to be a long skid mark up to the point of impact.”
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I was around moose when I lived in Wyoming. They can be as big as a horse, up to 7' tall at the shoulders and 1400 pounds. They're not smart, don't see well, and can trample you while trying to run away from you. A very few are mean. I remember one winter morning the dog was barking his fool head off. He chased a bull moose across the yard away from the house, then the moose chased the dog back to the front porch. This went on several laps until we could pull the fool dog in through the door. We were afraid the moose would slip on the ice and slide on his butt through the front window. This moose was so big that his head filled the standard sized window, and he could look over the top of a VW van without raising his head. Moose stew is really good.

All critters from a fair sized dog or fawn, or even large bird, can drop a motorcycle. Be careful out there.
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Just returned from Alaska with my son a few days ago. I'd heard of these and a couple other incidents while there. Yes, moose are freakin' huge; we saw several. Even on hyper alert you cannot be too careful. I had too many mental images of one stepping out in front of my son, which definitely made some parts of the ride less enjoyable than they would have been otherwise.

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Most important information I received before traveling to Alaska was that if a moose trots out in front of you look for the calf. They are just out of your peripheral vision. Hit one of these and you can be sure the cow will stomp you.

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Hope to be there one day....in Alaska..not face to face with a moose!
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