BANGOR, Maine — Residents started calling police Friday morning reporting a moose on the loose in Bangor near Tri City Pizza.
“We got calls on it this morning and it appeared around noontime on Center Street and Broadway, in the Little City neighborhood,” Bangor police Lt. Steve Hunt said.
Police responded to the area, where a small crowd on Grant Street gathered to watch what happened, and they shooed the animal toward the Kenduskeag Stream.
The moose, which appeared to be a young female, “worked its way into a wooded path near the stream,” Hunt said.
The moose was seen at around 1 p.m. drinking from the stream’s water by a Bangor Daily News photographer, and police said they hope it stays in the woods.
If the moose returns, “we just ask that people stay away,” Hunt said. “They will walk their way back to safety if people let them be, but people never let them be.”
Moose sightings are not uncommon in the Queen City, the lieutenant said.
“It happens occasionally in the summertime when they get on the inside of the interstate system and get confused,” Hunt said. “We need to get them back north of the interstate where there is plenty of refuge.”