Wildlife officials tranquilize moose in Park City
July 1, 2014
State wildlife officials tranquilized a moose in Park City last week and moved it out of the city.
The Park City Police Department indicated the state Division of Wildlife Resources was prepared to tranquilize the animal on Tuesday, June 24 at approximately 6:30 p.m. The police listed the location as being somewhere along Kearns Boulevard, one of the busiest streets in Park City and a part of the state highway system. The police were summoned to assist with traffic controls, according to department logs.
Covy Jones, a Division of Wildlife Resources wildlife program manager assigned to the area, said the moose is a large bull. He said wildlife officers consider the safety of humans and the safety of the animals when they consider moving moose.
Jones said the animal was taken to moose habitat in the Wasatch Mountains and released. The moose was "doing fine" when it was released, he said.
There have been moose sightings in Park City in recent weeks, including in the upper reaches of Deer Valley and Prospector, where there has been a series of reports to the police.
The Police Department regularly receives reports of moose sightings, but it is unusual for the police to receive so many in a short time period.
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The Division of Wildlife Resources encourages people to call the regional office in Springville if they have questions about moose. The phone number is 801-491-5678.
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