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Moose with road rash

Taku Campbell Lake, Anchorage

I ride my bike a lot along the Campbell Creek bike trail in Anchorage and I always take a camera. I've photographed this young cow moose several times and I was surprised to come upon her at Taku Lake looking quite beat up. At first I thought she'd been attacked by dogs or maybe a bear, but soon figured out she had road rash, same as a bike racer gets when he crashes and slides over the pavement. She had apparently been hit by a car. She wasn't limping and didn't seem otherwise hurt, but she appeared traumatized. She walked over to me and sniffed and nuzzled my jacket, as if looking for emotional support. I haven't seen her since this day and I hope she's doing well.

Canon PowerShot G9
1/80s f/3.2 at 12.7mm iso 400 full exif

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Spotts 13-Jul-2008 07:00
Wow, intense story.