March 13, 2013

Alaska Chainsaw Massacre Facts

  • Only male moose have antlers, and the largest antlers in North America are found in Alaska, the Yukon Territory, and the Northwest Territories of Canada.

  • It’s estimated that over 7,000 moose are harvested every year in Alaska, and moose-hunting is a fall ritual for thousands of Alaskans.

  • In Alaska, moose are the most sought after big game animal, and are commonly found in Southcentral and Interior Alaska.

  • A moose’s antlers can span 6 feet from end to end.

  • Throughout Alaska’s history, moose have been a vital source for food and to provide household implements. Today, about 3.5 million pounds of moose meat is harvested every year in Alaska.

  • Brevig Mission is mainly Inupiat Eskimo, with just over 400 residents. 

  • It’s illegal to sell, import, or possess alcohol in Brevig Mission.

  • In rural Alaska, alcohol contributes to some of the highest rates in the nation of domestic violence, sexual assault, and violent death.

  • Liquor is available in many Alaskan dry communities, because bootlegging is an extremely profitable business in rural Alaska.

  • In Alaska, travel by air or water is often essential. Over 80 percent of Alaska's communities aren’t connected to highways or road systems.

  • Alaska’s alcohol tax rate is the highest in the nation, but the amount of alcohol consumed by Alaskans is approximately 30 percent higher than the U.S. average.

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