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Inland Northwest bucket list: moose chase

WILDLIFE WATCHING — I was minding my own business running through the woods near my South Side house this morning at 5:30 a.m. with my dog when the yearling bull moose started chasing us.

Your bucket list isn't complete unless you've had that thrilling experience.

Lesson: Never be far from a big ponderosa pine in moose country.

Moose in the garden? It happens

WILDLIFE WATCHING — A few years ago, I'd get several photos a week from readers sharing the sight of moose in their yards or on their walks or adventures.

Nowadays I get very few. The reason: moose sightings are almost common.

Phil Cooper of Idaho Fish and Game's Panhandle Region has a column this week with all sorts of details about moose and why the department sometimes will respond and remove a moose that's wandered into town — and why the staff sometimes just leaves them be.

Summary:  Don't be fooled by their calm demeanor — keep your distance!  And never provide food for moose.

Read on for the details from Cooper.

Moose moved from Indian Trail neighborhood

WILDLIFE — A rutting bull moose and the cow moose he was pursuing near Woodridge Elementary School was tranquilized and removed from the Indian Trail neighborhood Monday, but not before his 900-pounds made kindling out of a section of the wood fence around the Dave and Marcia Hardy's home.

Marcia, who watched the events through the window of her house said she was amazed at the size of the animal.

She also praised the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers for their safety and efficiency in handling the situation, even when crowds of neighbors showed up to take photos and after a neighbor drove by and spooked the moose into a more difficult place to handle.

Incidentally:  The bull already had a red tag in its ear after being rescued in 2010 when it had become entangled in an electrified fence on Green Bluff, WDFW officers said.

Hunters with a moose permit should avoid these moose because the tranquilizing drug remains in their system for a month, WDFW says.  Both animals were transported and released near Lake of the Woods in north Spokane County near the Pend Oreille County Line and the Idaho border. 

The cow has a yellow ear tag and the bull has a red ear tag — and it's antlers have been sawed off for safety during transport.

Romance lost?  Both moose were released together.  After the ordeal, it may be the bull who tells the cow, "Not tonight, I have a headache."

Moose killed in Spokane Valley after vehicle collision

WILDLIFE — A moose was killed by law enforcement officers after being severely injured in a collision with a car early this morning near the Spokane Valley Mall.

The moose — described by wildlife officials as a yearling — was hit by a large sport utility vehicle in the area near Evergreen Road and Indiana Avenue. The driver was not injured.

A police officer shot the animal and the meat will be donated to the Union Gospel Mission.

Fly fishers rescue drowning moose calf on Big Hole

WILDLIFE — A Pennsylvania OB-GYN doc on a guided fishing trip in southwestern Montana went home with an amazing tale of hauling in a 25-pound lunker — a baby moose plucked from the rushing waters.

Karen Sciascia of Red Hill, Pa., and guide Seth McLean with Four Rivers Fishing Co. were fishing the Big Hole River on Saturday when they spotted a cow moose with a calf trying to cross the river.

Sciascia told the Missoulian that the mother moose struggled to cross and when her calf tried to follow, it was swept away.

They followed downstream, finally spotting the tiny moose’s nose just above the water.

Sciascia says she scooped the moose out of the water and McLean rowed the raft upriver so they could return the calf to her mother.

Video: Officer frees bull moose tangled in swing

WILDLIFE — A moose was freed from a strange backyard entanglement this summer thanks to a brave Utah deputy and a pair of cutters.

Maybe you read the story about the bold and unusual rescue.

But the video above offers a clearer image. 

Anyone who's tried to handle deer, elk or moose for research or whatever can tell you that one lightning-fast kick can cause serious damage.

Good work, officer.