Eau Claire (WQOW) - A moose is on the loose in our area! And according to the DNR, there is more than just one.
“So I was driving home from work and I see all these cars on the side of the road and I thought maybe there was an accident and all of a sudden I looked to the right, and oh my gosh there was a moose,” says Adam Dahlka, a resident of Bloomer.
This moose was spotted on the intersection of County Road M and HWY 64 near Sand Creek in Dunn County on Tuesday morning.
“Sometimes when we get reports like this, the caller's reaction is oh they're not going to believe me,” says Jess Carstens, a Wildlife Biologist with the DNR.
The DNR says it's gotten around 10 reports of recent moose sightings. Adam Dahlka, was one who thought to take pictures.
“Confirmed photos, photographic evidence of the male and word of mouth of the female,” says Carstens.
The DNR said it is not totally uncommon for moose to be in Wisconsin however, they are usually further north.
“So why a moose is way down here is completely out of character and we don't know why they would come more south,” says Carstens.
“I couldn't believe my eyes, it's not something I ever thought I would see in this neighborhood,” says Dahlka.
The DNR says Wisconsin is more agricultural than what moose are used to, but there is still enough woodland and wetland for them to survive.
“So people should be aware that the moose are in this area and be careful on the roads at night,” says Carstens.
The DNR believes there may be a male and female in the area, and want to continue to track the moose as they travel. If you spot a moose call the DNR at 715-232-1519.
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