700 pound moose moved from backyard in Strasburg CO

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Colorado wildlife officers moved a 700-pound moose found in a Strasbourg backyard, Colorado officials say.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

A 700-pound calf that wandered in a Strasbourg backyard has been relocated to the wild, Colorado wildlife officials have reported.

“We didn’t move it because of an assault,” district wildlife officer Travis Harris said in a Colorado Parks and Wildlife news release. “It was based on its location in the city of Strasbourg. There is no water available nearby and it is not suitable moose habitat.

The moose appeared in someone’s yard on the morning of Monday, Oct. 3, according to the statement. Wildlife officers were also worried about the impending return to school.

“So for public safety, we have decided to move her,” Harris said, according to the statement. The moose, 2 to 4 years old, was tranquilized at 10 a.m.

Local firefighters, sheriff’s deputies and state patrol officers helped load the moose into a horse trailer and it was then released into the wild.

“She will be much happier where she has been relocated,” Harris said in the statement.

Strasbourg is a city of 3,500 people about 40 miles east of Denver.

“Remember to give the moose plenty of room when recreating outdoors,” the statement read. “Moose are more likely to live in areas near water with an abundance of willows, which is their primary food source.”

Don Sweeney has been a journalist and editor in California for over 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.

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