State prepares for Anchorage moose survey with citizen help
In this Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 photo a young bull moose with snow on its face feeds on twigs in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -The Alaska Department of Fish and Game starting Friday morning will conduct its fourth survey of moose in the Anchorage area with the help of citizens. The three-day survey relies on citizens to call or text in sightings of moose. Biologists and technicians take citizen reports, drive out to neighborhoods and take DNA samples with specialized darts. The darts lightly prick the moose, collect a skin sample and fall to the ground. Researchers use the DNA to identify how the moose are related and to calculate the ratio of bulls to cows. The samples also contribute to a database that identifies individual moose.

Check out KFQD’s interview with Fish and Game about the moose survey: