Thursday, July 18, 2013

Moscow Moose (Not the Drink, the Real Thing)

Posted By on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 10:22 AM

It's a scene right out of Northern Exposure.

Idaho Fish and Game officials said moose appear in Moscow about once a year. But two yearling moose who made it to the college town yesterday got a little lost, spending the better part of the morning wandering around downtown Moscow.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the Moscow Police Department started receiving several calls of moose sightings, which continued into the afternoon. Law enforcement did their best to keep the public at bay.

"In general, moose are calm around people," Moscow Police Lt. Paul Kwitakowski told the Tribune. "They tolerate people really well. As long as nobody's chasing them or spooking them, they'll do their own thing."

Eventually, the moose bedded down under some pine trees in Downtown Moscow's Ghormley Park. That's where police—and a good amount of curious onlookers—kept on an eye on the animals through the rest of the day and night. Fish and Game was presuming that the moose would head for the hills overnight, but if they insist on sticking around town again today, fish and Game officials said they "may re-evaluate the situation."

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