Moose in Marlborough: 600-pound moose tranquilized after wandering through residential area

A female moose wandered through a residential area on Tuesday morning in Marlborough, where environmental police tranquilized the approximately 600-pound animal with a few darts before taking her to a wildlife management area wildlife for viewing, officials said.

Martin Feehan, deer and moose project manager for the state’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, said in a phone interview that residents started calling about the moose before 8 a.m. in the morning and that she had been hit by the first dart around 9.30am after getting stuck in a backyard on Greendale Avenue in Marlborough.

The moose, Feehan said, was hit by a second dart about a quarter of a mile from Shawmut Avenue, where it was “able to get off safely.” Feehan said the moose was taken to a wildlife management area in northern Worcester County, where it remained early Tuesday afternoon.

“She was probably around 6 years old,” Feehan said. “She has certainly had calves before. She weighed about 600 pounds.

First responders cared for moose in Marlborough.Martin Fehan

In a separate statement, MassWildlife said first responders faced a difficult situation.

“Because the moose was in a very densely populated area with a risk of the moose causing a collision with a vehicle or other public safety situation, state officials determined that the best option was to immobilize the animal and move it to a more suitable habitat,” the statement mentioned. “Using immobilizing chemical drugs, the team tossed the moose to safety, placed identification tags on its ears, loaded it onto a truck, and transported it to North County. Worcester in a more suitable habitat.”

The agency added that following standard protocols, a “MassWildlife biologist stayed with the moose and safely observed it stand up and walk away on its own.”

Feehan said over the phone that the moose came “right downtown” before getting stuck in the resident’s yard.

And MassWildlife said the massive animal was probably looking for a snack.

“Biologists believe this moose wandered the area looking for new sources of browse (twigs and buds) to feed on during the winter thaw,” the statement said. “Suburban areas are planted with an abundance of soft ornamental shrubs and high-calorie trees.”

These calories are essential for moose when they are breeding, according to the release.

“These calories are essential for raising cow moose in times when food in more natural environments is not as available or plentiful.”


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