Thursday was moving day for a moose that lingered a little too close to homes and the traffic on Route 5

Thursday was moving day for a moose that lingered a little too close to homes and the traffic on Route 5 for too long. Wildlife biologists and game wardens relocated the young cow to a safer place to roam deeper into the woods in Victory. The moose had been spending long stretches of each day in the area, and it didn’t appear she intended to move away from the residential area near the busy road on her own, said Nick Fortin, wildlife biologist and the deer and moose project leader for Vermont Fish & Wildlife. She began hanging out in the area in February, drawing attention from residents and passers-by. The moose became such a frequent visitor that people began naming her. Fortin said moose pose a risk to people and themselves in an inhabited area and one where there’s a lot of traffic. People would stop and show no regard to the potential danger of getting too close to a massive wild animal. One time, a woman drove into a residential driveway and let her small children out close to the moose. Fortin said wardens had tried to encourage the moose to leave the area, but she kept returning. It was time, he said, for officials to move her out. When he and the rest of the team arrived in the area on Thursday morning, she was there. Fortin said the moose has been rather predictable with her presence so it was no real gamble that they’d arrive and she wouldn’t be there. The situation for the moose’s relocation was ideal for a large wild animal transfer, said Fortin, which is something that is rarely done. This was only the second time for him in the six years he’s been with the department. It was a 15-mile trip to the relocation spot. Once the moose was unloaded, she was injected with a drug that quickly reverses the effects of the sedation. After she regained consciousness and officials saw she was OK, they drove away.

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