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Moose attracts crowd after wandering into man's backyard

Moose Attracts Crowd After Wandering Into Man's Backyard

When Lloyd Readman of Orillia, Canada, looked out his window, he didn't expect to see a 600-lb. moose -- along with a slew of spectators taking photos of it. But that he did.

Though quite a sight, it could have also been quite the threat -- as moose can be extremely aggressive.

Luckily, the moose was extremely calm and didn't move much throughout the ordeal.

Nonetheless, her presence was the cause of two nearby schools going on lockdown -- just as a precaution.

Wildlife experts sectioned off the area to keep everyone safe and eventually tranquilized the moose and set it free back into the wild.

Allegedly, Readman's visitor is doing great after being released into the wild. The Ministry of Natural Resources sent CTV a photo of the freed moose -- no backyards included.

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Milo April 26 2014 at 1:00 PM

When we lived in AK close proximity encounters like this were a weekly or more occurrence. It was not uncommon for a 600 to 900-lb+ moose to walk fifteen or twenty feet behind the neighborhood children while they awaited the morning school bus. Most times the kids didn’t even notice and when they did they didn’t really care. For a couple of summers we had two young cow’s, that we believed to be twins, walk up to and poke their heads into our open windows looking for a head scratch or ear massage.

Now, we all knew they could be dangerous but they displayed “behaviors” (stiff legged gait, ears back and flat against the skull, side to side head shaking) that a person could read to indicate if they were agitated. When we would happen upon one and noticed a behavior being displayed we would just back away and/or veer off slowly and quietly. They seem to remain calm and peaceful as long as they know they had an avenue of egress or that you are just moving past or away from them. In really cold weather some will lie down right up against a house to get some shelter from wind and to absorb the heat radiating from the building. We had one do this on the back of our home one exceptionally cold winter for three days. We called AK Fish and Game to come check as we thought it was hurt or ill. Nope, F&G said it was probably just chilling out.

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jerriepolk April 26 2014 at 10:19 AM

I saw a baby moose being born while in Alaska. A bear wondered into the clearing and the moose but the bear up a tree., It stayed up in the tree until the baby moose had it's sea legs and the mother and baby wandered off. Then the bear came down the tree. They told us, in Alaska, that they are more leary of a moose than a bear,.

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gramargo jerriepolk April 26 2014 at 6:13 PM

Well, you know how mothers are! Apparently moose can be moody, and I wouldn't want to tangle with even a small one.....hard to run fast enough to get away from an annoyed one.

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whiskaz454 April 26 2014 at 11:16 AM

Wow and the swat team was not sent out to blow it to bits? That's news to me. I am happy to hear that the moose was returned to its environment unharmed.

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vanclaybor April 26 2014 at 10:58 AM

i have seen a moose attack an army 3/4 ton. the truck was destroyed, the moose ran away

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RomperStomper April 26 2014 at 11:05 AM

Rosie O'Donnell is in Canada?

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tundraben April 26 2014 at 8:18 PM

Just another day for us in Alaska.

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nutsietoo April 26 2014 at 7:56 PM

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Sure glad this isn't an election system!

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baggersrnutz nutsietoo April 26 2014 at 9:04 PM

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Blackbird Cycles April 26 2014 at 11:23 AM

This is such a non-event. People who live in moose country know what to do when a moose comes in proximity to people. First off LEAVE IT ALONE. It will go on it's own. When did we become such nervouse, panicky, whimpy people?

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chasrhudson April 26 2014 at 7:18 PM


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sylvabugg2 April 26 2014 at 11:35 AM

Unfortunately this will become more common as man continues to destroy the wetlands that support these magnificent creatures. Just as other creatures venture into the suburbs and sometimes into the very heart of the city itself, ie: coyotes, in search of food because man has destroyed the habitat of their prey. If we don't find a balance between our needs and theirs, neither will be long for this world. Because if we can't preserve our wildlife then we can't preserve ourselves either.

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goodgrief61945 sylvabugg2 April 26 2014 at 11:46 AM

Guess we're going to have to eliminate a large portion of our population, so there's more room for wildlife?
Sorry, but if we keep growing in population, some things have to change.

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bicyclerecycle goodgrief61945 April 26 2014 at 12:28 PM

Keep the wildlife and get rid of the people.

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Luis sylvabugg2 April 26 2014 at 1:02 PM

The good news is that Duck Unlimites, Pheasants Forever, Trout unlimited and other hunter/fisherman-funded organizations spend millions of membership dollars to buy up and preserve wetland, upland, steamland and other habitat areas to ensure that those areas stay free from harmful over-development and remain viable indefinitely. The Pittman-Robinson dollars contributed to wildlife management programs everytime a piece of hunting or fishing tackle is purchased also helps the cause. The so-called "animal rights" groups merely sit back and whine about hunters, but the fact of life is that these groups really do nothing based on any form of science to help sustain strong animal populations. It's the hunters and fisherman that do.

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