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Park City police summoned as moose seen ‘trapped’ in a backyard

The Park City Police Department last week received additional reports of wildlife sightings in neighborhoods and elsewhere in the community as the animals remain at lower elevations with heavy snow in the upper reaches of the area.

The reports have stretched for much of the winter, a result of the deep snow in the mountains. The animals have descended from the upper elevations searching for grazing opportunities. The descent has brought the wildlife into populated areas of Park City. Deer, elk and moose have been seen this winter, and there has been a series of mountain lion sightings as well.

The Police Department typically ensures an animal is not a hazard to pedestrians or drivers when they respond to a sighting.

A moose was seen in a backyard on Solamere Drive in two of the cases last week, both reported on Feb. 25. It was not clear from public police logs whether the cases were at the same address. At 1:29 p.m. that day, a moose was reported to be stuck in a backyard. Later, at 6:18 p.m., a moose was seen in a backyard. It was “trapped and can’t get out,” the police were told. The police were also told the moose “needs help now.”

The Police Department, meanwhile, received a report of a possible sighting of a mountain lion on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 8:27 a.m. on American Saddler Drive. At 6:45 a.m., the police were told, a mountain lion might have been seen outside a bedroom.

Some of the other wildlife cases last week included:

• on Sunday, March 3 at 1:49 p.m., a young moose was seen on Sidewinder Drive moving toward Annie Oakley Drive. The Police Department indicated the animal was a traffic hazard.

• on Friday, March 1 at 10:36 p.m., four deer, described as large, were seen close to the road in the vicinity of the intersection of Park Avenue and Deer Valley Drive. They presented a traffic hazard, the police said.

• on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 11:25 p.m., a young moose was seen in the middle of the road at or close to the intersection of Sidewinder Drive and Annie Oakley Drive. The animal had been there for a while, the police were told.

• on Feb. 28 at 1:53 p.m., a moose was seen on Lucky John Drive moving toward the Park City School District campus.


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