Think of it like Dominos Delivery, only with road-killed moose instead of pepperoni pizza and extra cheese.
For years, Alaska residents and charities could place their names on a list to acquire moose hit and killed by vehicles on the state roadways. But there's no longer a need to rush to the site in the middle of the night with knives and meat saws in hand.
Beginning earlier this year, thanks to a partnership with the Alaska Moose Federation, the carcass is delivered straight to the lucky recipient’s door—fresh as fresh can be!
Also beginning this year, thanks to a $700,000 grant approved by the Alaska State Legislature, the Alaska Moose Federation Salvage Program purchased13 flatbed, winch-equipped trucks and was expanded from Anchorage to include Mat-Su, Fairbanks and Kenai.
According to The Homer Tribune, when a moose kill is reported, Alaska troopers call the Federation, which contacts an on-call volunteer driver in that region. The driver hops into their truck, goes to the site, winches the moose onto the flatbed and straps it down for transport. The driver is put in touch with the next recipient on the salvage list, whom they call to get directions for the moose delivery.
“Sometimes you gotta swing your boots out at 2 a.m., and those volunteers are just amazing,” said Gary Olson, executive director of the Federation.
There’s some information about the kill to be recorded — where, when, what — and paperwork to be signed by the recipient, and the driver is timed for their response to the scene, time at the scene and time to get the moose delivered.
Butchering and disposal of the moose remains entirely up to the recipient, and most of the salvage volunteers are outdoorsmen and women who want to help conserve wild game populations as much as they want opportunities to harvest them and enjoy the bounties provided by The Last Frontier.
In addition to moose salvage, the Alaska Moose Federation’s efforts include orphan calf rescue and relocation, and a diversionary trails and feeding program.