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Drugged moose carried through Vail house

Edward Stoner
Vail correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
This moose wound up trapped in a backyard in a Vail neighborhood Tuesday. It was tranquilized and carried out through the house by wildlife officers, who later released the animal north of Wolcott, Colo. (Courtesy Colorado Division of Wildlife)

VAIL, Colo. ” A tranquilized, 700-pound moose was carried down the stairs and out the front door of a Vail home Tuesday after it got stuck in the backyard.

“It would be like moving your piano with the only rule being you can’t use a cart to push it on,” said Randy Hampton, spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

Officials got a report Tuesday morning that a male moose had become stuck in a patio area behind the home. Retaining walls around the patio and steep slopes beyond the patio made it impossible for the bull to escape on its own, Hampton said.

Division of Wildlife officers came to the home and tranquilized the moose, he said.

They put the moose on a tarp and carried it through the back door, down some stairs and out the front door to a waiting horse trailer, Hampton said.

The endeavor took all day. The moose was relocated to an area north of Wolcott.

“From time to time, critters get into trouble,” Hampton said. “It’s just kind of part of building homes in their habitat. They’re not familiar with the danger of being around homes and homes aren’t built with the goal of necessarily being completely wildlife friendly.”


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