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The Today File

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June 10, 2013 at 11:55 AM

Alaska park visitor shoots moose reportedly charging

The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE — A man visiting Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska shot a cow moose he said charged at him and a family with children.

A park ranger then fatally shot the wounded animal.

Denali spokeswoman Kris Fister says someone who salvaged the moose said it was lactating, but rangers can’t confirm there were calves around.

Fister says the man who shot the moose Thursday evening was visiting with a family that included a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old. Fister says the moose reportedly charged at the family with no provocation when the group suddenly came around a corner of the trail about 200 yards from the park visitor center.

The group tried to hide behind a tree, but the moose continued approach, prompting the shooting.

The incident is under investigation.

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