Moose tranquilized in Colorado Springs to be relocated

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A moose on the loose in Colorado Springs!

"We looked over the fence, and it was probably 10 feet away from us!" said neighbor Andrew Donald.

"We have a bear, we see that all the time -- but this is the first time I've seen a moose," added Ron Theisman.

A crowd of people gathered Tuesday as wildlife officials tracked a moose through the southwest side of the city before darting it and relocating it.

The wild animal was spotted in the Skyway neighborhood in the morning and spent hours roaming through neighborhoods before Colorado Parks and Wildlife decided to take action.

"We got lots of reports on it throughout the day and it kept moving east, which is closer to more civilization, more humans," said Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesperson Aaron Berschied.

The moose created quite the stir wherever it went, which Berschied said ultimately could have turned dangerous for all involved.

"We had a lot of people following it, trying to get pictures and stuff of it because moose are cool, but at the same time, that was stressing it out. ... When they get cornered, they can move pretty fast and they can be dangerous, so that's something we were pretty concerned about."

"It just up and ran right through here across the driveway, and there was a bunch of people. ... We're not really used to the behavior of a moose," Donald said.

To prevent any harm coming to either moose or a bystander, Berscheid said CPW decided to tranquilize the animal and relocate it.

"Just so we wouldn't have it stay around in town a couple days and have the inevitable interaction of running into humans and doing something it shouldn't be doing."

The moose was so large, it took two darts to knock it out.

Now the moose will get a new home in either Teller or Park County.

Berscheid told 11 News the moose was tagged, indicating it had been handled by wildlife officials before. Unlike with bears, there is not a strike system for deer and moose -- the tagging just indicates to Parks and Wildlife how many times it has been handled.