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Moose seen in Park City

by Jay Hamburger

The Park City Police Department since the start of June has received a series of reports of moose sightings, including on or close to roads.

The Police Department logs moose sightings regularly, but the reports tend to fall in the summer as the animals move to higher elevations as the snow melts. The cases last week were reported in several locations in Park City. It seems likely some of the reports involved the same animal or animals.

The cases last week included:

  • on Thursday, June 8 at 9:14 p.m., a cow moose and a calf were seen in the vicinity of Park Avenue and Prospector Drive. The cow moose "doesn't appear to be getting around very well," according to Police Department logs.
  • on Wednesday, June 8 at 5:27 p.m., a moose was reportedly seen on a trail. The case was logged on Park Avenue, but the location was not specified in public police logs.
  • on June 8 at 10:43 a.m., a moose was seen in the road at or close to the intersection of S.R. 224 and Holiday Ranch Loop Road. The animal was in a travel lane, the police were told.
  • on Tuesday, June 6 at 4:26 p.m., a moose was seen in a stream off S.R. 224 in the vicinity of the McPolin Farm.
  • at 8:20 a.m. on June 6, a moose was spotted feeding off S.R. 224. The person who contacted the Police Department said the animal might be preparing to cross the state highway.
  • on Friday, June 2 at 4:52 p.m., two moose were seen attempting to cross S.R. 224 in the vicinity of the intersection with Meadows Drive. They were close to a creek, the police were told. Drivers were slowing down or stopping, according to Police Department logs.

    Police officers who respond to moose sightings typically monitor the animals to ensure people do not approach and the moose do not present a hazard for drivers.