The Park City Police Department last week received at least three reports of moose sightings while another animal report, one of a mountain lion, turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.
On Saturday, June 29 at 6:46 p.m., two moose were seen in the road somewhere along Lucky John Drive. People were gathering to watch the animals, the police were told.
Earlier that day, at 10:33 a.m., a cow moose and a calf were spotted along Sidewinder Drive.
In another report on Saturday, two moose were seen at the intersection of Kearns Boulevard and Sidewinder Drive at 9:17 a.m. The person who contacted the police was concerned the animals might become a traffic hazard.
Meanwhile, in another wildlife report, someone in the vicinity of the Rail Trail close to Wyatt Earp Way reported seeing an animal appearing to be a mountain lion on Wednesday, June 26 at 5:29 p.m. It was in a weedy area close to a trash can, the police were told. The animal was determined to be a house cat.
Moose populate the mountains in and around the Park City area, and sightings are not uncommon. Mountain lions also live in the area, but sightings in Park City are rare. Wildlife officials say that sometimes house cats are mistaken for mountain lions, accounting for some of the reports like the one on June 26.