Park City police told of bull moose sightings
Moose moved through area in early October, drawing the attention of the Park City Police Department, amid reports of other wildlife cases that included a possible sighting of a mountain lion.
The department received a series of reports of moose sightings as well as cases involving other species during the first half of October. The police regularly receive calls about wildlife like moose, and the reports appeared to be typical for the department.
Officers who respond to moose reports attempt to ensure the animals and people remain safe. Officers typically warn pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers of the presence of an animal.
The cases included:
• a moose seen in the road on Oct. 4 at 7:02 p.m. in the vicinity of the intersection of S.R. 224 and Thaynes Canyon Drive. The police were told the animal may have suffered a broken leg and was attempting to walk. A police officer was unable to locate the moose, department logs indicated.
• a bull moose spotted on S.R. 224 close to the Meadows Drive intersection at 7:41 p.m. on Oct. 3
• a bull moose, described as large, in the road on Thaynes Canyon Drive at 7:10 a.m. on Oct. 3. The moose was close to the Park City Golf Club, the police were told.
• a bull moose in the vicinity of the intersection of S.R. 224 and Holiday Ranch Loop Road. The police were told at 7:22 p.m. the moose just crossed S.R. 224.
It was not clear from public police whether the cases involved sightings of the same moose. The reports, though, were logged in locations that are close to one another.
There was another moose sighting, on Woodside Avenue, on the morning of Oct. 14.
On Monday, Oct. 8 at 9:05 p.m., meanwhile, the police were told someone may have seen a mountain lion behind a house along Crestline Drive. The police were told someone let a pet out of the house and could hear a noise. The person shined a light 60 yards up a hill and saw the reflection of an animal’s eyes, the police were told. The person said the animal may have been a mountain lion, according to department logs.
In another case, a driver reported hitting a deer on Kearns Boulevard just before 1 a.m. on Oct. 9. The deer was in the road afterward, possibly still alive, the police were told. Nobody in the vehicle was injured. A herd of elk was seen in the road on Meadows Drive at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 12.
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