National Geographic Society

  • Connect:

Facts: Operation Moose Decoy

operation-moose-decoy-alaska-state-troopers.jpg

operation-moose-decoy-alaska-state-troopers.jpg (View larger version)

Published
  • The Kenai Peninsula is world renowned for one of the highest concentrations of big game animals in the world.

  • Each year over a thousand moose are killed on the roads in Alaska.

  • Collisions are the number one cause of the death for female moose on the Kenai Peninsula.

  • Fairbanks has the 2nd highest rate of identity theft in the state.

  • More people hunt moose than any other of Alaska's big game species.

  • Alaska has over 3,500 burglaries reported each year.

  • Over 1,500 cars are stolen in Alaska each year.

  • During a recent moose calving season, approximately 120,000 moose calves were born. Of those, only about 30,000 survived their first year, and over 40,000 were be killed by predators within the first six weeks of life.

  • Alaska has two time zones and six climatic zones and has the eastern most as well as the western most point in the U.S.

  • Alaska sustains about 1000 earthquakes measuring 3.5 or higher on the Richter scale every year. In 1964 an earthquake under Prince William Sound measured 9.2 on the Richter scale, killed 131 people, and released 10 million times more energy than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima Japan.

  • Alaska has the longest day of the year in the U.S. No sunset for 82 days in summer. Alaska also has the longest night with no sunrise for 67 days in winter.

  • The Trans-Alaska Pipeline moves up to 88,000 barrels of oil per hour on an 800 mile journey to Valdez.

  • The United States purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million.

  • Alaska’s coastline, 6,640 miles, is longer than all the other states’ coastlines combined. It is the United State’s largest state, measuring 1,400 miles long and 2,700 miles wide; Rhode Island could fit into Alaska 425 times.

1 comments