Moose Shooting Update
Contact: Kris Fister, (907) 683-9583
On Thursday, June 6 at approximately 7:30 pm the National Park Service received a report that a visitor had shot and injured a cow moose near the Denali Visitor Center. The visitor, Robert Sirvid, age 26, of Eagle River, Alaska stated that he and four other people, including two small children, encountered the moose at close range when they rounded a corner of the trail. They attempted to hide behind a tree, but the moose continued to charge. As she approached, Sirvid shot her at close range in the head. He stated afterwards that he did it because he was concerned for the safety of the children and felt he had no other recourse. He was visibly upset when he reported the incident to the responding rangers, who had to destroy the mortally injured moose.
Did You Know?
Cold temperatures limit trees from growing at high elevation in Denali. Warmer temperatures, however, have led to woody vegetation growing at ever-higher elevations. Treeline changes are a conspicuous sign of climate change.