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Family of Man Killed by Moose Sues University

October 3, 1995

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) _ The family of a man stomped to death by a moose that roamed the University of Alaska campus has sued the school, claiming officials should have shooed the animal away.

Myong Chin Ra, 71, was killed last January after trying to walk past a moose and her calf on his way to the university’s gymnasium sauna. Witnesses said the moose had been taunted by student shouts and snowballs for hours.

Bill Azar, the attorney for the family, said the university had been informed the moose was on campus and had a duty to remove it.

``If they had done that, this terrible accident would not have occurred,″ Azar said in interview with KTUU.

The university’s attorney, Peter Partnow, said there was ``no realistic way″ to keep the moose away at all times.

The lawsuit was filed after out-of-court settlement talks failed this summer. Azar said the family is seeking more than $100,000.

A new policy in place this year says students may be reprimanded for harassing wildlife on campus.

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