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NORTH SALT LAKE -- Residents near Eaglewood Golf Course reported a moose sighting Friday, prompting state officials to relocate the animal.
The docile year-old moose was seen lounging in backyards nibbling residents' shrubbery. When officials from the Division of Wildlife Resources arrived Saturday morning, the moose was wandering around the golf course while golfers played.
"This time of year is typical for these yearlings who've been kicked out of the nest -- so to speak -- by the cow who's getting ready to have another calf," said Sgt. Mitch Lane of the DWR. "She was doing everything she could just to find a place to kind of shade up and rest."
It's good to be aware that moose and other animals are in these areas and just to kind of give them their space if they are encountered.
But because of the numerous houses in the area, and lots of golfers, safety became an issue. As a result, DWR officials shot the moose with a tranquilizer dart after tracking the moose through backyards for more than an hour.
"She was relatively calm -- like they are -- initially when she was hit by the dart," Lane said. "Then they start to feel a little anxious and then they kind of get nervous, and she did that exact thing."
The moose trotted off a few hundred yards before the tranquilizer took effect.
Although there was no property damage and no one was hurt, Lane urged people to always keep their distance.
"It's good to be aware that moose and other animals are in these areas and just to kind of give them their space if they are encountered," Lane said.
The moose was eventually transported to a location in Summit County.