Fish and Game Tranquilize Moose On The Loose In Suburban Idaho

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Linda Deming, a local resident in Rexburg, Idaho said she was in her home on the morning of April 1st, 2020, when she looked out her window and saw cops on her street. As she was trying to figure out what was going on, all of a sudden a moose came running through her front yard.

Excited and confused, she called her neighbors to inform them about what was going on. At first, they thought it was an April Fools’ joke, however, this was no joke. A moose was really on the loose. Police called the Idaho Fish and Game officials and waited for them to show up as the moose spent an hour and a half roaming around Linda’s yard.

Once the conservation officers showed up they tried to catch the moose to relocate it but it ran off. It took them hours to track it down again but by 11:30am the officers were able to find it and tranquilize the animal. The sedated moose laid down behind the Latter-Day Saint property near Park Street.

After that, the conservation officers approached the moose to medically examine it to make sure it was healthy and then put a tracking collar on it. They moved the moose 25 miles away to an area in Green Canyon that’s east of Rexburg.

East Idaho News reported, Fish and Game spokesman James Brower saying, “Our primary concern in these situations is human safety followed by the safety of the moose. When a moose comes into town as this one did, it is in the best interest of the public and the moose to relocate the animal to a safe location.” 

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