Posted: Jun 22, 2013 12:20 PM by David Sherman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Updated: Jun 28, 2013 7:17 AM
A cow moose caused quite a stir on the west side of Great Falls on Friday evening.
Reports started coming in just before 7 p.m. that the moose was wandering near 14th Street SW near the old brewery.
Eventually the moose found its way to the greens of Hickory Swing Golf Course off of American Avenue and 6th Street SW.
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks was notified and two officers arrived to keep tabs on the moose, which by 7:30 p.m. had bedded down in the shade near the railroad tracks on the east side of the golf course.
Mike Martin of FWP estimated that the moose was between one and two years old, and weighed upwards of 300 pounds; he also said that this moose has been hanging around on the west side of town for about two weeks.
Martin said that they had contacted a veterinarian to come tranquilize the moose so that it could be safely captured and taken to be released, either in the Little Belt Mountains or possibly along the Rocky Mountain Front.
After about 30 minutes of resting, the moose stirred and wandered a few hundred yards north around a pond on the course, as golfers and passerby kept their distance and snapped pictures.
Then she made her way south and began nibbling on a willow tree near the train tracks, as FWP officials and Great Falls police kept a close eye on her.
After several hours, a veterinarian arrived at the scene and was able to tranquilize the moose; officials then relocated the moose to a nearby forest.
A similar incident occurred on Thursday in Bozeman, when a young bull moose wandered around town for several hours before being tranquilized and relocated to the Gallatin National Forest (click here to read more).