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Hordes of moose invade St. John's, Newfoundland

File photo.

File photo.

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 7:53 PM - Moose have taken over Newfoundland's capital city, and that has police -- and residents -- on high alert.

While the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) has received numerous calls relating to moose sightings this week, no collisions have been reported, the Canadian Press reports.

Moose usually migrate into the city this time of year. Each spring, mothers send their young off to fend for their own and many end up wandering inside city limits.

When found, wildlife officials tranquilize the animals and return them to their habitat.

Still this year's sudden appearance, and in such large numbers, has startled even some of St. John's oldest residents.

"There's a Moose on the Loose in the area of GoodLifeFitness in MountPearl headed toward Ruby Line," The RNC tweeted Tuesday morning.

"Today was 'leg day.'"

“A baby moose just followed my daughter to the bus stop,” Aiden Martin tweeted on Friday.
“I was more worried at first,” he added, “but since all ended well, I’m glad she had such an experience.”

According to the Canadian Press, Newfoundland has the largest moose population in the world. Between 500 and 600 moose-related car crashes are reported in the province each year, resulting in an average of one human death annually.

In 2015, the province launched a 'moose management plan' aimed at keeping motorists -- and moose -- safe.

Sources: Twitter / The Canadian Press


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