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Panhandling Moose Gets Bum's Rush at Airport

April 12, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

Federal Express has told its employees at the Anchorage airport to quit feeding an orphaned moose calf that has been hanging around the company's hub, warning that adopting the calf could lead to its death.

Some workers had taken to feeding and petting the animal, biologist Rick Sinnott said. While there is some risk the moose could starve, Sinnott said, the greater risk is in feeding the animal. "If it gets aggressive, the only solution we have is to destroy the moose."

But Sinnott said he's confident that if the calf doesn't become a danger to people, it will find grass and other food once the snow melts.

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