Moose on the loose in Ellsworth

Posted Sept. 27, 2010, at 2:04 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:07 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — A young bull moose caused a minor stir Monday when it wandered into downtown Ellsworth.

The moose was spotted in the Water Street area Monday morning, and it wandered in and out of backyards and parking lots between Water Street and High Street.

Police kept tabs on the meandering moose throughout the day, cautioning watchers in person and on the Ellsworth Police Department Facebook page to stay away from the critter. Numerous people attempted to track the animal on its path around the city, and police officers feared that if the young moose felt threatened it could charge and someone could be injured.

According to dispatchers, Maine wardens advised to leave the animal alone and it likely would return to a wooded area. They also noted that anyone chasing the moose could face charges of harassing a wild animal.

Although the moose was sighted in parking lots along High Street, it did not get into traffic on the heavily traveled road. At last report, it was headed toward Birdsacre, a 200-acre wildlife sanctuary, located off Route 3.

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