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Moose killed after wandering into Calgary mall parking lot

By Bill Kaufmann, Calgary Sun

Police, along with Fish and Wildlife officers, attempt to corner a female moose in Calgary, Dec. 5, 2014. (MIKE DREW/QMI Agency)

Police, along with Fish and Wildlife officers, attempt to corner a female moose in Calgary, Dec. 5, 2014. (MIKE DREW/QMI Agency)

CALGARY - Wildlife officials say they were forced to shoot dead a moose Friday morning in a northeast Calgary back yard after it had wandered into the parking lot of a nearby shopping mall.

Another unrelated moose sighting in another northeast neighbourhood led officials to attempt to herd the female animal into a safer area.

"A male ungulate was first spotted outside the Sears store at Marlborough Mall,” said Brendan Cox, spokesman for Alberta Justice.

"The moose was very mobile in the Marlborough Mall area and was getting too close to people."

Witness Cassie Aragon said she had a too-close encounter with the huge animal at the mall.

"Holy (expletive), I almost got trampled by a moose at Marlborough," Aragon tweeted.

Fish and wildlife officers confronted the animal near the mall, eventually tracking it to Maryvale Way N.E. where it was cornered in a back yard, Cox said.

"They attempted to tranquilize the moose and after being hit, it proceeded into a neighbourhood and damaged some fences," he said.

The bull moose was agitated, he said, and officers were then forced to shoot it dead in that back yard.

"Our officers had some tough decisions to make and had to put it down," he said.

"It's unfortunate, but it was done for public safety and the protection of property."

Killing the animals, said Cox, is always a last resort.

The moose's death comes a day after Alberta Justice cleared wildlife officials in the high-profile shooting of a cougar that was loitering outside the South Health Campus on Sept. 18.

Also on Friday, a female moose in the Forest Lawn area had wandered into a field where it was contained by police until provincial officials arrived.

By mid-afternoon, officers deemed the animal no threat and backed off but urged anyone who might spot the moose in dangerous areas to report it by calling 1-800-642-3800.

bill.kaufmann@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @SUNBillKaufmann


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