ANCHORAGE -- Eagle River resident Glenn Gibeault discovered a dead moose on his quarter-acre near Eagle River Road last month. As the snow started melting, an ear emerged.

He called the state Department of Fish and Game.

"'It's your moose,'" Gibeault said he was told.

If a moose dies alongside a road or in a ditch, Fish and Game will call on a trapper or city or state road crews to haul it off. But if one dies on private property, the homeowner has to dispose of the carcass.

"Our policy is once a moose is dead, it's not ours anymore. People are stuck moving them themselves," state biologist Rick Sinnott. "People get very upset with us, obviously. They figure it's still our moose."

In winter, it's easy to find trappers who want the hide or meat. But as the trapping season ends in spring, they're not so interested, Sinnott said.