VIDEO: APD escorts moose to safety
Luke Higgins was out celebrating his birthday with family Saturday evening, when he witnessed an only-in-Alaska sight.
Emerging from Orso, an Anchorage restaurant along 5th Avenue, Higgins witnessed four police vehicles escorting a cow and calf moose down the road and away from traffic.
While this is not an "uncommon" occurrence for Anchorage police, APD spokesperson Renee Oistad says it is not generally captured on camera.
"Lights, sirens and cars can be an effective way of corralling wildlife and getting them off the road and out of harm's way," she says. "We've done it with bears, too."
The masses may not typically hear of many APD-moose escorts, because officers tend to
write up reports of these encounters, according to Oistad.
"The officers saw a need to intervene, and they did," she adds.
Still it was quite the head-turner, as many excited comments indicate on
"Only in Alaska do moose get a police escort!" writes Higgins.