BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (KKTV) - A moose is not facing any criminal charges after breaking into a Colorado home this week.
Authorities were called to a "home invasion" Friday night in Breckenridge when they found the moose. A guest of the homeowner sleeping in the basement bedroom with a kid was awakened by the sound of breaking glass. Suspecting a burglary, the homeowner then called police. What authorities found was a completely unexpected intruder.
“It appeared that the moose had been walking around outside the house in deep snow when it fell into a window well, then crashed through the window into a basement bedroom,” said Elissa Slezak, district wildlife manager with CPW. “The call originally came in as a burglary, but once responding officers saw the moose, they called us in to take the lead. When we arrived, the moose was actually pretty calm and didn’t appear to be injured by the fall or the broken glass, so we immediately made a plan to remove her safely from the house.”
CPW officers were able to tranquilize the moose, and with the help of Breckenridge Police and the Red, White & Blue Fire District, moved the cow through a tight stairwell to get her upstairs and back outside to an awaiting trailer. The moose was released into prime moose habitat in Grand County.
“We are really appreciative of the help from Breckenridge PD and the fire department,” said Slezak. “It’s not easy to maneuver in a tight space while trying to carry such a large, heavy animal, and the team worked with us to haul the moose up the stairs and get it out of the house.”
“Aside from the broken window, a few minor cuts and the initial shock to the homeowners, this situation went about as well as it could have,” Slezak said. “Both the people inside the house and the moose made it out without any major injuries.”
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