POCATELLO – Idaho Department of Fish and Game officers darted and removed a cow moose Monday afternoon that had been reported along the shoulder of Interstate 86 near the Pocatello Regional Airport.
Fish and Game spokeswoman Jennifer Jackson said the moose was with a calf near Interstate 86 by the airport when officers arrived. The Fish and Game officers were unable to dart the calf, however, and didn’t want to risk chasing the calf back into the lanes of traffic.
“It’s a big, healthy calf,” Jackson said. “Our hope is it will make it through the winter fine because of its body condition and size.”
Jackson said the cow moose was relocated to an undisclosed area in Southeast Idaho, where it’s unlikely that it will end up back in traffic but the snow shouldn’t be too deep to prevent it from finding forage. She said officers moved it in a trailer pulled by a truck.
She said officers continued seeking the calf, hoping to dart it and reunite it with its mother.
Jackson said the department takes reports of moose in traffic seriously due to the hazard to the public and the risk of injury to the animal.
She said the department also received a call about moose on I-86 near the Fort Hall Indian Reservation during the weekend. She said two moose have been hit on the roadways in Southeast Idaho during the past month.
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