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Moose Travels Through Bozeman

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BOZEMAN - It was quite the scene in Bozeman on Thursday morning a moose was on the  loose in town.

"We tracked it down to Lincoln near campus. It spent quite a bit of time around the Detention Center," said Andrea Jones, Fish Wildlife and Parks Spokesperson. "Due to the amount of attention it was getting from people, it did keep moving on."

Jacki Van Meter works at Coldwell Banker on College Street. She stepped outside her office and saw the moose.

"We saw the top half of it's body, it was trying to hide," said Van Meter. "It looked like it didn't want to go toward all the people."

Jackie never saw a moose before.

"I was excited, but it was kind of strange to see it in the middle of town," said Van Meter.

Wildlife officials kept trying to move the moose south of town to get it away from all the people.

"It was becoming a little agitated in the end, so we decided the best course of action for the safety of the animal and people in town would be to dart it and move it," said Jones.

Officials ended up catching the moose behind Rosauers on Fowler Avenue at about eleven o'clock on Thursday morning.

"We successfully darted the animal in some trees and it went down safely," said Jones. We were able to take the animal and put it in a trailer."

Andrea said the male moose was about two years old.  She said it's common to see a handful of moose come into town, but they typically keep moving.

"They come out of the forest and they come down following the creeks," said Jones. "They typically find willows and enjoy bedding down in those. It's not uncommon."

The moose was transported to the Spanish Creek area in the Gallatin National Forest

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