Park City police called as a moose wanders into parking lot
The Park City Police Department last week received additional reports of wildlife sightings, including a moose that was seen approaching a road.
The cases continued the wildlife reports that have stretched through much of the winter. The heavy snow has forced wildlife to lower elevations this winter in search of vegetation for grazing.
Some of the cases included:
• on Friday, Feb. 22 at 6:32 p.m., a moose was seen in a parking lot on Iron Horse Drive. The person who contacted the Police Department was worried the animal might move into the road.
• on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 10 p.m., a driver hit a deer on S.R. 224.
• on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 8:29 a.m., a deer, apparently a dead one, was seen on a corner of the road along Little Kate Road. It was not in a lane of travel, the police were told.
• on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 5:12 p.m., a moose was seen attempting to cross the road in the vicinity of the intersection of Kearns Boulevard and Wyatt Earp Way.
The Police Department in recent weeks has received reports of people seeing moose, deer and mountain lions in Park City. Moose and deer reports are logged reasonably frequently, but mountain lion sightings in Park City are rare.
As prey animals like deer descend to lower elevations searching for food, predators like mountain lions follow them toward more populated areas of Park City.
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