EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — A moose was on the loose in Easthampton Wednesday, creating quite a scene in a school parking lot.
The moose was cornered while crowds gathered before the moose was eventually tranquilized.
“Starting yesterday, we had reports that a moose was in the Everett Street area, walking through some yards, then again this morning on Chapman Avenue. It actually ran down the middle of Union Street,” says Easthampton Police Chief Bruce McMahon.
Edward Hanlon adds, “It was like galloping, but it was just weird. I was just about to get in my van and I turned and I looked and ‘Oh my God, a moose!’”
The 1,000 pound teen-aged moose looked perplexed, surrounded by police and curious onlookers.
“This is my first time seeing a moose downtown, which I think is really cool because I come from Maine originally and I never saw one in Maine and now, I’m getting to see one in the parking lot of a school,” notes Rob Engman.
While not fully grown, the moose was still a threat in its unnatural habitat
McMahon adds, “Our biggest concern is keeping people away, not to a get hurt or disturb the moose. If they get close to the fence, the moose could jump the fence, the moose possibly could or what is really concerning is the moose will get upset and it could charge.”
Crowds were pushed back as the Environmental Police preparing to tranquilize the animal
“[Do you have to shoot him with the tranquilizer gun or can you give it to him in pill form?] No, it’s done by…the correct term is projector,” says Environmental Police Officer John Plassmann.
Jennifer Perry adds, “I’ve never been shot in the bum or had one in my hand, so I don’t how rough its going to be.”
At around 11 this morning, the tranquilizer dart was fired, the moose began to charge towards the playground and closer to the small fence keeping crowds back.
The animal would eventually feel the numbing effects and slowly crumble to the ground – a deep sleep before being hauled away and returned to the Westhampton woods.
“I think they should figure a way to keep wildlife more in the woods,” Jennifer Perry says.