Moose Removed From Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
According to a post on the Adams Alert Hose Company's Facebook page Monday morning, a moose was spotted making its way down the rail trail.
Firefighters and Highway Department and Adams Ambulance personnel helped state Environmental Police and MassWildlife officials and the town's animal control officer to immobilize the moose and move it from the bike trail off Albert Street.
From there a bucket loader was used to place the moose into a pickup truck for relocation.
"The moose will be taken to a safe location and hopefully live a long life," wrote the Alerts. "Thank you to all who assisted."
Moose are known to highly sensitive to tranquilizing agents. According to environmental police, officers "specially trained in the chemical immobilization of animals were also on scene."
"The moose, a young bull weighing approximately 700 pounds, was subsequently transported to an undisclosed rural location where it was monitored until it fully recovered from the effects of the immobilization agent," said environmental police.
Photos surfaced on Facebook of the moose making its trek and Adams residents spotted it near Columbia Street. A second moose has been sighted along the trail in Cheshire.
According to information the state's Division of Fisheries and Wildlife webpage, moose will sometimes follow waterways or forest paths to more densely populated areas.
The website states that you should not approach or pursue a moose. This will only stress the animal and could cause it to bolt into traffic or into people.
It is recommended that you contact the MassWidllife District Office at 413-684-1646 or the Environmental Police at 413-367-0011 and leave the moose alone.
Tags: Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, MassWildlife, moose, wild life,
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