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Moose liberated after becoming trapped inside home, basement trashed

Sunday, January 23rd 2022, 9:29 am - According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the moose was grazing near the home and then plunged through the window well that brought it into the basement, trapping it as a result.

A household basement in Colorado was the scene of an unwelcome visitor earlier this month, but it wasn't what you think.

On Jan. 10, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) officers were dispatched to a home in Breckenridge, Colo., following a report that a moose had become trapped in the basement of the dwelling.

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Upon arrival, they found the animal in the basement -- with much of it damaged -- after it fell through a snow-covered window well. According to CPW, the moose was grazing near the home and then plunged through the window well that brought it into the basement.

Responding officers opened doors to create exits for the moose, but it was unable to leave because they were inaccessible for the animal to reach.

Moose/Colorado Parks and Wildlife (Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

As a result, CPW officers tranquilized the moose and cut off its antlers so the animal could fit up the stairs, and reduce further damage to the home, the department said. Moose antlers usually fall off at this time of year, so the animal will grow new antlers in the spring.

Breckenridge and Blue River police, and the Red, White and Blue Fire and EMS assisted CPW wildlife officers in transporting the moose upstairs and outside, where it was then safely released back into appropriate habitat.

“It was a great team effort, and other than a small cut on its leg, the moose appeared to be healthy,” said Jake Kay, CPW district wildlife manager, in a news release.

As a reminder, CPW officials are warning the public about the hidden dangers of having vegetation near window wells.

“It’s important that window wells allow people in a home to escape in the event of an emergency, but at times they can be hazards to wildlife,” said Jeromy Huntington, CPW area wildlife manager, in the news release.

“Removing vegetation that may attract wildlife around the vicinity of window wells and covering below ground window wells with approved grates that allow people to escape will reduce the likelihood of wildlife becoming trapped, or in this case, having an unwelcome visitor in the home.”

Thumbnail courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW).

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