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PARLEY'S CANYON — During the spring, animals tend to wander from their normal habitat and sometimes, into dangerous situations.

Last year, a yearling moose wandered into a North Salt Lake neighborhood for a couple of days. A few years ago, another moose fell into a window well after it was tranquilized and took off running. Thursday, a moose and her weeks-old calf ambled onto I-80, causing a safety hazard and a two-hour effort to remove the moose.

The moose and her calf became stuck in the middle of the road, near the East Canyon exit. The moose were tranquilized and transported to American Fork Canyon, according to Central Region Wildlife Program Coordinator Craig Clyde.

One reason for the length of the effort was the function of tranquilizer. Within a minute and a half of tranquilizing, the animal is sedated enough that it can safely be walked into a trailer for transport, and after three minutes, the animal will be asleep.

Officials remind people to never approach a moose, but to alert proper authority, as the animals can be very dangerous.


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Keith McCord


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