Moose have moved into Park City neighborhoods |

Moose have moved into Park City neighborhoods

There was another series of moose sightings in Park City last week as the animals are descending to lower elevations that bring them into neighborhoods, continuing a stretch of reports since late September.

Moose sightings only occasionally are reported through much of the year. But they tend to become more prevalent late in the fall as the animals move from the upper elevations to the lower ones in search of food. Moose populate the Park City area as well as other parts of Summit County.

It is not known whether the same moose have been seen repeatedly or whether there are several small groups of them. It seems likely some of the reports to the police have involved the same animal or animals, particularly when the reports are made in the same vicinity.

The reports to the Park City Police Department last week included:

  • on Sunday, Oct. 26, two moose were seen close to a walkway along Spaulding Court, a small street in Park Meadows off Racquet Club Drive, at 2:18 p.m. Logs indicated the police told the person who filed the report to walk around the animals. The police told the person not to approach the moose.

    The police also told the person officers could not intervene "except maybe try to startle them and get them to leave," according to department logs.

  • the day before, on Saturday, Oct. 25, the police received an 11:47 p.m. report from Spaulding Court as well. The police were told a cow moose and a calf were blocking the caller from leaving home to take a dog outside.
  • on Friday, Oct. 24, someone reported seeing a cow moose and a calf in the vicinity of Racquet Club Drive at 11:12 a.m. The animals were close to condominiums, the police were told. The person who contacted the Police Department was concerned about the welfare of the moose.
  • on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 a.m., a cow moose and a calf were seen in the vicinity of the intersection of Little Kate Road and Evening Star Drive. The animals were close to condominiums and apple trees. The person who contacted the police was concerned since kids ride bicycles to school on a path nearby.
  • on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 11:11 p.m., a cow moose and a calf were spotted off Kearns Boulevard in the vicinity of Cooke Drive and Bonanza Drive.
  • on Monday, Oct. 20 at 12:14 p.m., a moose was reported to be in a yard along Lucky John Drive. The animal was not causing a problem, the police were told.

    The sightings last week followed a week after another series of reports to the Police Department. The reports included an afternoon case in Old Town, close to the intersection of Woodside Avenue and 10th Street. Twelve people gathered to watch the animals, the police said. Earlier in October, the police indicated a moose was seen along the 1000 block of Park Avenue. Cars stopped to avoid hitting the moose, the police were told.

    Other recent moose sightings have included reports on Hidden Oak Lane, in the vicinity of Deer Valley Drive and Rossie Hill Drive and on Park Avenue.

    The Police Department recommends people keep a safe distance between themselves and a moose. The police have said people getting close to a cow moose and a calf can be particularly dangerous. Phil Kirk, a police captain, has suggested people snapping photos of moose use a telephoto lens in order to remain a safe distance away from the animal.

    Police typically keep people away from moose when officers are called to a scene. If problems persist, state wildlife officers could be summoned to relocate a moose to a remote area.

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