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Trooper Hess talks to dispatch while on patrol.

Trooper Hess talks to dispatch while on patrol. (View larger version)

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  • It’s estimated there are 1,760 caribou in Denali National Park and Preserve.

  • Male caribou fight with one another in order to gain access to breed with the females. When fighting, the bulls charge into each other antler-first, and each male paws at the other with his front hooves. They are rarely injured, although sometimes their antlers become locked together.

  • Unique in the deer family, both male and female caribou grow antlers. Adult males have large, heavy antlers, while the females’ antlers are much shorter and lighter.

  • Alaska has 32 herds, or populations, of caribou throughout the state.

  • There are approximately 5 million caribou in the world.

  • One study found that American Indian/Alaskan Native youth who reported having a parent with a serious drinking problem were 1.36 times more likely to use methamphetamines.

  • A 2010 report found that the percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native adults who needed treatment for an alcohol or illicit drug use problem was significantly higher than the national average for adults.

  • Taking even a small amount of methamphetamine can result in severe negative health consequences.

  • The greatest contributing factor to violent crime in Alaska is drug and alcohol abuse.

  • The main substances abused throughout Alaska are alcohol, prescription drugs, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana and cocaine. Alcohol, though, tends to be the drug of choice.

  • 108 communities in Alaska have voted to prohibit the sale, importation, or possession of alcohol. These local option communities often battle illegal bootlegging, which is highly profitable in rural Alaska.

  • Together, Alaskans and non-residents harvest 6,000 to 8,000 moose every year—around 3.5 million pounds of usable meat.

  • A moose that weighs 1,600 pounds yields about 500 pounds of meat.

  • In recent years, hunters have donated thousands of pounds of moose, deer and caribou meat to food banks, soup kitchens, and other charitable organizations. These donations of unprocessed meat are legal and significantly help the state’s needy.

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