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Moose browse is more complicated than it seems

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It seems a little early to be worrying about winter browse for moose on the Kenai Peninsula, but recent sightings of bare willow and alder stands are raising the eye brows of biologists at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Large areas of subalpine willow show up as brown patches from the air on the Tustumena Benchlands (see photo). Closer to home, thinleaf alder (Alnus tenuifolia) has been defoliated along the road system from Kasilof to Moose Pass.

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