Third moose moved out of Spokane County



Posted on February 18, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 18 at 1:29 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. – Wildlife officials with the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) moved another moose out of Spokane County over the weekend after it took up residence in a Spokane Valley neighborhood.

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It was an adult male that had lost his horns and had previously been moved out of a nearby neighborhood one year ago. Spokane Valley residents living near S. Dishman Mica Road and University Rd. reported seeing the moose three days in a row. Last Friday, they spotted it at a bus stop.
WDFW staff responded and found the moose was approachable by humans. They identified the bull moose from its ear tag as one previously relocated out of the same area one year ago. The wildlife specialists decided to dart and relocate the moose on Saturday.
The number of moose moved out of Spokane County varies from year to year:
2010: 11
2011: 4
2012: 1
2013: 16
The bull moose moved over the weekend bring’s this year’s total to three moose relocated out of Spokane County. All three were moved to southern Pend Orielle County which has a high moose population.
For information about how to coexist with moose, visit the WDFW page on Living with Moose by clicking here.