Moose visits central Riverton neighborhood; tranquilized and relocatedNov 4, 2016 From staff reports
Local police and game managers spent two hours chasing a large bull moose around Riverton on Thursday afternoon.
It was the first moose that's wandered into town for more than 20 years, according to Rene Schell, public information officer for Wyoming Game and Fish.
The moose finally were tranquilized shortly after 3:30 p.m., when he laid down in the backyard of a house on Kinnikinnick Drive.
That subdivision was closed off, and when grade-schoolers in that neighborhood left Willow Creek Elementary School, buses diverted them to the Riverton Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 until the moose was pacified.
Early in the pursuit, police thought they had the moose cornered in a yard on East Adams Avenue two blocks off Main Street, only to give chase once again when the elusive ungulate hopped several fences and made his way south.
Before a game warden arrived on the scene, police worked on pressuring the moose toward the Wind River, where there have occasionally been moose sightings in recent years.
Schell said the local moose population is not actively managed, but the riparian area surrounding the Wind River does provide ample habitat for "a stable population."
"Moose need all the help they can get," Schell said.
"They're just this gigantic creature, that when they're around, people notice them."
Because of the mammal's ability to become aggressive unexpectedly, Schell said moose that wander into town are always tranquilized and moved near stable moose habitats.
The Riverton moose was dropped off south of Lander, though others have been transported as far as South Pass.
In initial calls to police, residents said the moose was attacking dogs near West Monroe Avenue before it wandered close to Main Street.