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Anchorage couple creates wildlife app to help others enjoy nature more safely

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Wildlife exercise is ready to improve because the snow begins to soften, and a brand new app is available on the market to help Alaskans improve their consciousness and put together for an out of doors summer time. The app is named Repawts and was created by an Anchorage couple to help improve wildlife security.

Scott Keenan and his spouse Ashlie moved to Anchorage from Sydney, Australia 4 years in the past, and located there have been no different apps to help them safely navigate across the new kinds of wildlife they began to encounter in Alaska. Repawts can help folks share necessary details about wildlife sightings and obtain security alert notifications for anybody hitting the climbing trails, campsites and fishing spots round Alaska.

Keenan mentioned he and his spouse did discover that sort of data is posted on varied Alaska Facebook teams and different social media platforms, however that it was nonetheless tough to discover what they wanted to know.

“It was just really hard to kind of find what you were looking for and to see it all on a map, and to get the information that was relevant to her (Ashlie), so we just kind of thought about it and thought, well maybe there should be something out there like it,” Scott Keenan mentioned. “Maybe there’s other people feeling the same kind of anxieties or just looking for the same kind of information.”

What Scott and Ashlie Keenan need is for the app to be the place to verify for current wildlife exercise or closures earlier than going out for a hike, canine stroll, bike trip or taking the youngsters to the park. The new app makes use of crowd-sourced wildlife sighting data and makes it so the data to be posted and shared.

Users can uncover current close by sightings and likewise obtain alert notifications for wildlife exercise of their neighborhood. It can help residents and guests concentrate on doubtlessly hazardous wildlife comparable to moose, bears, and lynx. Repawts is the primary app created by the Keenans.

It is free to obtain and use and can be utilized exterior of Alaska as properly. It can discovered within the app retailer on any cellphone and is appropriate with each IOS and Android.

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