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Mass. Police Shoot Moose Near Busy Highway

LEOMINSTER, Mass. (AP) — State environmental police had to shoot a moose that was hanging around the busy juncture of two highways in Leominster because the big animal refused to move.

The moose was killed at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday after several hours of hanging around the intersection of Routes 2 and 12.

Local police had been tracking the moose and trying to coax it away from the busy roadways and closer to the Nashua River, but it refused to budge.

Environmental police were called to the scene and made the decision to shoot the moose, which would pose a danger to motorists if it went into the road.

Leominster police Sgt. Richard Kinney says authorities prefer not to kill animals.

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  • paulb62

    All your comments are heartfelt, but unless you know all the information you shouldn’t pass judgement on the EP. They did what they had to do to protect human lives and causing a major accident at a very busy intersection

  • High Taxes

    Who gets to claim the moose meat. Good eatin’!

  • kevintb

    Wow thats fucking crazy! No other way to move the moose.

  • dee

    Really! I think killing it was Bullshit… I had a bear in my yard when my son was little and all the kids were out playing. The environmental police came and sedated him and took him back to the woods. I don’t think they needed to kill him, they could have stopped traffic so they could have moved him. They are always quick to shoot!!! Wtf