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Killer bears and lemming suicide: Busting myths about Alaska animals

...1983. I asked several Alaska experts about it for an article I wrote a few years ago. State wildlife biologist Thomas McDonough said they had to get the idea from somewhere, and he thinks Disney confused dispersal with migration and embellished...
The myth of suicidal lemmings

...remarkable how many people believe it. Ask a few. "It's a complete urban legend," said state wildlife biologist Thomas McDonough. "I think it blew out of proportion based on a Disney documentary in the '50s, and that brought it to the mainstream...
Some peninsula moose could have long winter

...bad winter for moose on parts of the Kenai Peninsula, state game officials said.Alaska Fish and Game biologist Thomas McDonough said moose should be in peak condition this time of year, but that doesn't appear to be the case on some parts...
Biologists try to ward off feeding of moose

...moose population, hay is for horses - not moose. In fact, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Assistant Biologist Thomas McDonough said hay proves fatal for a moose because it plugs the digestive system. That keeps the moose from being able to...
Managers cancel grizzly-bear hunt

...and in the recent past are the result of bears getting food rewards around humans," said assistant area biologist Thomas McDonough. Household garbage, salmon carcasses, fish coolers and backpacks have attracted bears, McDonough said. One bear...
Kenai area's moose populations declining

...of the mountains, it counted about 2,000 moose - about 40 percent less than census findings in the '90s, said Thomas McDonough, a Homer-based Fish and Game research biologist.The two factors culling moose population in 15A, McDonough...
Couple photographs bear killing moose

...bear left the carcass and ran into the woods. The Lyons contacted authorities, who sent state wildlife biologist Thomas McDonough to remove the dead moose. He brought it a half-mile down the road and contacted a chartity to harvest the meat...
Managing mountain goats in Alaska do a goat hunt over a weekend and shoot the first goat they see. They're mostly meat hunters."Biologist Thomas McDonough manages mountain goats on the Kenai Peninsula, where a new idea has been implemented to address the issue. If a...
Bears blamed for Kenai Peninsula moose calf deaths deaths when they frightened the cows into abandoning their calves.The study's principal investigator, Thomas McDonough, a research biologist for Fish and Game, said the death distributions may change pending further analysis of kill-site...
Alaska man recounts weekend bear mauling

...I really think the bear actually showed quite a bit of kindness in the way she mauled me," Mungoven said. Thomas McDonough, assistant area biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, said the four bear maulings on the Kenai...


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