Wildlife officers rescue a 750lb moose in Colorado

There’s a moose loose about this car park: Wildlife officers rescue a 750lb beast that had made its home inside a Colorado multi-storey

  • Young 340kg moose was wandering around a multi-storey car park in Colorado
  • Found wandering around parking garage in Lionshead Village in Vail on July 27 
  • CPW believe his behaviour suggested he had become accustomed to ski village 

This is the moment a 750lb moose was found roaming around a multi-storey car park. 

The young bull moose was wandering around a parking garage in Lionshead Village in Vail, Colorado, on July 27. 

The creature took a shining to the parking area at the ski village, and had started nibbling on the walls, to eat the de-icing salt used on the building.  

Officers from Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) believe his behaviour suggested he had become accustomed to the ski village and that this wasn’t the first report of a sighting. 

The young 750lb bull moose was wandering around a parking garage in Lionshead Village in Vail, Colorado, on July 27

The creature took a shining to the parking area at the ski village, and had started nibbling on the walls, to eat the de-icing salt used on the building

While the elk was apparently friendly towards people, it was getting too used to the cosy indoor area — and was getting spooked by people with dogs. 

So wildlife officers darted the three-year-old animal and safely moved it to a more suitable environment, elsewhere in Vail. 

Wildlife officer Devin Duval said: ‘He was pretty regularly coming into the parking structure first thing in the morning and then would kind of clear out before it got too busy. 

‘Largely, most of these neighbourhoods coincide with really optimal moose habitat, notwithstanding the fact there are a lot of pedestrians and human activity. 

‘We were definitely within that human health and safety realm where there could potentially be an injury to a human or the animal. 

‘This is the primary parking place for the folks accessing Lionshead Village as well as the Vail Health hospital.

‘This moose was not electing to spend time elsewhere, but now people can be at ease walking to work through that garage and the moose will be moved to more appropriate habitat. 

While the elk was apparently friendly towards people, it was getting too used to the cosy indoor area — and was getting spooked by people with dogs. So wildlife officers darted the three-year-old animal and safely moved it to a more suitable environment, elsewhere in Vail

‘Coincidentally, it is kind of a serendipitous scenario in that our wildlife officials there were looking for some help with some translocation, so those folks are going to take this moose and find some more appropriate habitat for him.’ 

Initially, officers from CPW worked with the Town of Vail council to remove the tasty salts, but this failed to deter the moose.

With help from firefighters, police and council workers, they tranquilised the moose on July 27. 

He was moved to a remote area just outside of Craig later that afternoon.   

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