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Moose gets cold reception near Pasco; makes hot meals for needy

A bull moose, appearing tired from struggling with the steep sides and swift flowing water in the Esquatzel Diversion Channel, curls up to rest on a clump of grass growing out of cracks in the concrete lined irrigation canal Monday Sept. 19, 2011 about six miles north of Pasco. An officer from the Department of Fish and Wildlife later shot the animal because officials couldn’t determine a safe way to rescue the animal. The meat will be donated to the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission.  (Bob Brawdy / AP Photo/Tri-City Herald)
A bull moose, appearing tired from struggling with the steep sides and swift flowing water in the Esquatzel Diversion Channel, curls up to rest on a clump of grass growing out of cracks in the concrete lined irrigation canal Monday Sept. 19, 2011 about six miles north of Pasco. An officer from the Department of Fish and Wildlife later shot the animal because officials couldn’t determine a safe way to rescue the animal. The meat will be donated to the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission. (Bob Brawdy / AP Photo/Tri-City Herald)

WILDLIFE — Moose are finding new hazards in Eastern Washington as they stray from their strongholds in the wooded northeast portion of the state and wander west into the Columbia Basin.

This bull moose slipped into an irrigation canal and, like most wildlife and a few humans who get into this situation, it couldn't get out.

Tired from struggling with the steep sides and swift flowing water in the Esquatzel Diversion Channel, it curled up to rest on a clump of grass growing out of cracks in the concrete lined irrigation canal Monday about six miles north of Pasco, according to the Associated Press.

An officer from the Department of Fish and Wildlife later shot the animal because officials couldn’t determine a safe way to rescue the bull.

The meat will be donated to the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission.




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