5-time Iditarod champion kills and dresses moose while participating in the annual sled dog race.

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A seasoned dogsled driver had to take down a moose after it wounded one of his dogs shortly after the commencement of this year’s Iditarod, as per the race authorities’ announcement on Monday. Dallas Seavey notified the officials of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race early Monday morning that he had to shoot the moose in self-defense using a handgun. The incident occurred “after the moose got tangled with the dogs and the driver,” as stated in a release from the race. Seavey, who is tied for the most Iditarod victories at five, revealed that he had advised the officials to remove the moose from the trail. “It fell on my sled, it was sprawled on the trail,” Seavey detailed to an Iditarod Insider television crew. “I gutted it the best I could, but it was ugly.” The current year’s race kicked off on Sunday afternoon in Willow, Alaska, approximately 121 kilometers north of Anchorage. Seavey encountered the moose just before 2 a.m. local time on Monday, 22 kilometers outside the Skwentna race checkpoint, en route to the next checkpoint 80 kilometers away in Finger Lake. Seavey, who turned 37 on Monday, arrived in Finger Lake later in the day, where he left behind a dog injured in the moose encounter. The injured dog was flown to Anchorage and was undergoing evaluation by a veterinarian. Alaska State Troopers were notified about the deceased moose, with race officials ensuring that all possible efforts were being made to salvage the meat. The race regulations stipulate that if a large game animal like a moose, caribou, or buffalo is killed in defense of life or property, the driver must gut the animal and report it to race officials at the subsequent checkpoint. According to the rules, following drivers must offer assistance in gutting the animal when feasible. The new race marshal, Warren Palfrey, expressed intentions to further investigate the incident in accordance with the guidelines, as per the statement issued by the Iditarod. Driver Paige Drobny confirmed to race officials that the moose was deceased and obstructing the trail upon her arrival in Finger Lake on Monday. “Yeah, like my team went up and over it, like it’s that ‘in the middle of the trail’,” she remarked. Seavey was not the first driver to come across a moose along that specific part of the race. “I had to punch a moose in the nose out there,” he relayed to a camera crew, without providing additional details. Seavey is not the initial driver to have to take down a moose during an Iditarod. In 1985, the late Susan Butcher was leading the race when she used her axe and a parka to fend off a moose, but it killed two of her dogs and injured 13 others. Another driver arrived and eliminated the moose from the scene. Butcher, who passed away from leukemia in 2006 at age 51, had to withdraw from that race but went on to secure four Iditarod victories. The 1,609-kilometer race through Alaska will conclude sometime next week when the triumphant driver comes off the Bering Sea ice and crosses under the iconic burled arch finish line in Nome.

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