Park City collision between driver and moose reported on S.R. 224 |

Park City collision between driver and moose reported on S.R. 224

A road sign along S.R. 224 in Park City warns drivers of wildlife.
Tanzi Propst/Park Record

The Park City Police Department last week received several reports involving wildlife, including a collision on one of the entryways, as animal sightings continue into the spring even though they have not been as prevalent as they were during the winter.

Public police logs indicated a driver hit a moose on S.R. 224 close to the McPolin Farm. The accident was reported at a little bit after 2 a.m. on Sunday, May 12. The animal, apparently either dead or injured badly enough it could not move, was blocking a lane at the time the Police Department fielded the report. The police said the moose created a traffic hazard. There were no vehicles at the scene, the police said.

Collisions between drivers and wildlife like deer, elk and moose have been consistently reported on S.R. 224 over the years. The state highway serves as the primary entryway to Park City, and the land surrounding the road provides vast acreage for wildlife habitat.

Other wildlife-related reports the Police Department fielded recently included:

• on Thursday, May 9 at 8:52 p.m., a hawk was seen in the vicinity of the 1200 block of Little Kate Road. The bird had a broken wing, the police were told.

• on Monday, May 6 at 6:14 a.m., elk were seen along S.R. 224 close to the McPolin Farm. A police officer monitored the animals to watch if they were readying to cross the road.

• on Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m., a bird of an unspecified species was seen in the middle of the road somewhere along Park Avenue. The police were told someone moved the bird off the road, but it then returned. The person who contacted the Police Department was worried a driver would hit the bird.

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