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Vermont Officials Rescue Moose Stuck in Bridge

Officials received reports of the stuck moose on Wednesday

Courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife

A moose in southern Vermont that was stuck in an active railroad bridge this week was safely removed and relocated.

With the help of the Springfield Fire Department, Vermont game wardens and wildlife biologists sedated the moose, picked it up with a crane truck and relocated it, according to Vermont Fish and Wildlife. The moose was stuck next to Route 103 in the Ludlow and Cavendish area.

"The focus of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is on population level threats to species, and it is rare that this kind of intervention makes sense because of the risk posed to the animal and responders. Such recoveries are many times not successful," said Vermont Fish and Wildlife in the Facebook Post.

Vermont Fish and Wildlife received a report that the moose was stuck Wednesday morning. They posted a video of the moose's removal and relocation Thursday afternoon.

Moose Rescue, Jan 22, 2020

SUCCESS! On Wednesday morning it was reported to Vermont Fish and Wildlife that a moose was stuck in an active railroad trestle bridge next to Route 103 in the Ludlow/Cavendish area. Vermont game wardens and wildlife biologists with assistance from the Springfield Fire Department and a crew from the Vermont Rail System were able to sedate the moose, pick it up with a railroad crane truck, and relocate it to a safe area where it could return to the wild with minimal injuries. The focus of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is on population level threats to species, and it is rare that this kind of intervention makes sense because of the risk posed to the animal and responders. Such recoveries are many times not successful. It’s great to see that in this case it ended well for those involved and for this very fortunate moose. A great job by all, and a special thanks from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife to those who helped in this effort, including Vermont Rail System, Springfield Fire Department, and the Town of Cavendish, Vermont!

Posted by Vermont Fish & Wildlife on Thursday, January 23, 2020
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