Anchorage mulls fence regs to protect moose

AP News
Posted: Jul 21, 2014 12:14 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Municipal officials in Alaska's largest city are considering outlawing gothic style metal fences after five moose were gored to death in recent years.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports ( the Anchorage Assembly will conduct a public hearing Aug. 5 to consider regulating metal palisade fences with spiked pointed tips.

The fences stand between 4- and 6-feet and are usually found around private residences for both security and aesthetic reasons. But state wildlife biologists say moose get caught up, or gored by the tips when they try to jump over them.

The proposal would outlaw such fences shorter than 9 feet unless the tips are removed or the spikes capped.