Blind moose must be put down |

Blind moose must be put down

by Jay Hamburger OF THE RECORD STAFF

Wildlife officers Monday put down a young moose in Old Town they say was blind.

Someone called a Park City police officer to the southern end of Daly Avenue at about 10 a.m., and an officer from the state Division of Wildlife Resources arrived mid-afternoon.

Dave Swenson, a state wildlife officer, says the moose, a bull, was walking in circles and appeared "somewhat emaciated."

Dale Liechty, the state wildlife biologist who put the moose down, says the animal was in "bad condition" and had difficulty finding food.

"Once the moose is blind, there’s nothing we can do," Liechty says.

Wildlife officers received a report of the moose in a backyard on Friday and another call about the animal on Monday. Liechty says a police officer on Monday worried that the moose could not see, and he says there were reports of the animal charging at people.

Swenson says moose that are blind usually suffer from a disease or an infection, and moose are vulnerable to several sorts of diseases or infections.

Rick Ryan, a Police Department captain, says the moose bumped into cars and houses.

"He couldn’t see. He was having trouble walking. Of course, he was disoriented," Ryan says.

Moose sometimes amble into Park City neighborhoods, and the animals seen in the city are often found on Daly Avenue. The street is situated at the mouth of Empire Canyon, the sprawling swath of open space south of Old Town.

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