State wildlife officials tranquilized a moose family last week and transported the animals out of Park City, saying that it was best for them that they no longer remained inside the city.

The Park City Police Department indicated the moose were tranquilized with darts along Meadow Creek Drive, a small street close to the western edge of Park Meadows. They were tranquilized at about noon on Oct. 18, the police said.

Bruce Johnson, the state Division of Wildlife Resources officer assigned to Park City and surrounding Summit County, said a cow and two calves were moved out of the city.

"It wasn't a good situation for the moose," Johnson said, adding, "They're going to have a hard time here. There's too many buildings, people . . . They don't do well in that environment."

He said moose and people are at risk when the animals settle in populated areas.

Johnson said the three moose were fine after the tranquilizer wore off. The Division of Wildlife Resources probably released them in an undeveloped area in southern Utah County, he said.

The Park City Police Department last week continues receiving reports of moose in or close to neighborhoods. Johnson said the animals have started descending from the higher elevations in search of food as winter nears. He said wildlife officials have received numerous reports of moose sightings in the Park City area since mid-October.

Some of the sightings reported to the Police Department last week included:

  • on Saturday, Oct.

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    20, a moose was seen along the 1200 block of Park Avenue, close to the Park City Library and Education Center. The moose was partly in the road, the police were told.

  • on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:24 p.m., a moose was seen on a trail close to Deer Valley Drive

  • on Wednesday, Oct. 17 at 5:59 p.m., a cow moose and a calf were seen in the vicinity of the 1100 block of Park Avenue. The animals might have been two of the three moose that were tranquilized along Meadow Creek Drive. Police logs indicated wildlife officials planned to relocate the moose the next day.

  • on Oct. 17 at 3:50 p.m., a moose and calves were seen on the 800 block of Park Avenue.

  • on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 5:43 p.m., moose were seen along S.R. 224 close to the Payday Drive intersection.

  • on Monday, Oct. 15 at 6:58 p.m., two moose were seen in the road along Marsac Avenue.