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Moose returns to forest after day in Bozeman

Published On: Jun 20 2013 09:44:42 AM MDT   Updated On: Jun 20 2013 08:24:59 PM MDT

A loose moose sent police and wildlife officials scrambling in Bozeman Thursday morning.

We stayed with wildlife officials while they tracked the moose, and learned what it takes to move a wandering moose out of the city.

We first heard reports of a moose on the loose right around 9 a.m. on Thursday.

Christy Jacobs was one of the people who saw the wandering moose.

"I pulled up to work today and saw law enforcement vehicles out front. I was curious as to what was going on. It is pretty exciting. We occasionally get wildlife like bear and moose," said Jacobs.

It was both exciting and exhausting as we followed police and wildlife officers around for a few hours.

We talked to Andrea Jones, spokesperson for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, who explained they were trying to make sure both the animal and people in the area were safe.

"It had people on all sides of it at times, so I think it started to get a little agitated. We thought the best course of action was to dart it," said Jones.

Once the moose reached a field on the west side of town, game wardens found the opportunity to dart him.

Within about 20 minutes crews packed him up and moved him with a trailer.

The moose was then taken by wildlife officials to be released in the Spanish Creek area of the Gallatin National Forest.