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Drugged moose carried through Vail home

VAIL, Colorado ” A tranquilized, 700-pound moose was carried down the stairs and out the front door of a Vail home Tuesday after it got stuck in the backyard.

“It would be like moving your piano with the only rule being you can’t use a cart to push it on,” said Randy Hampton, spokesman for the Division of Wildlife.

Officials got a report Tuesday morning that a male moose had become stuck in a patio area behind a home in the Sandstone area. Retaining walls around the patio and steep slopes beyond the patio made it impossible for the bull to escape on its own, Hampton said.

Division of Wildlife officers came to the home and tranquilized the moose, Hampton said.

They put the moose on a tarp and carried it through the back door, down some stairs and out the front door to a waiting horse trailer, Hampton said.

The endeavor took all day. The moose was relocated to an area north of Wolcott.

“From time to time, critters get into trouble,” Hampton said. “It’s just kind of part of building homes in their habitat. They’re not familiar with the danger of being around homes and homes aren’t built with the goal of necessarily being completely wildlife friendly.”

Hampton didn’t know on what street the incident occurred. Other Division of Wildlife officers couldn’t be reached Wednesday.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.


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