PHOTOS: Moose ventures through city of Troy, tranquilized

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TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Authorities made a strange and rather large discovery in the city of Troy Monday morning.

It was not your typical morning in Troy or Green Island after a moose was spotted in the city.

It all started around 2 a.m. Monday. Police said they received a call for a moose that was spotted by Dinosaur BBQ.

“Being in the middle of our neighborhood is not normal; not a normal thing,” neighbor Kenneth Youngs said.

“We were pretty excited about,” Troy Police Captain Dan DeWolf said. “We’re concerned but we’re excited about it, too. I’d never seen a moose in real life.”

From there, officials with the State Department of Environmental Conservation were called in.

The moose was later spotted on Green Island. Then there was a close encounter where authorities said it almost went onto I-787 during morning rush hour. From there, it swam across the Hudson River back to Troy.

The moose finally made its way to Middleburg Avenue and Ninth Street. Authorities kept the moose in the backyard of a home on Middleburg Street where it was tranquilized.

“It was contained,” wildlife biologist Michael Clark said. “We were able to have a safe shot with the dart gun. After two shots, it went down. We got a collar on it. we got an ear tag on it.”

Biologists said the moose was a yearling bull and weighed about 650 pounds.

“Yearling Bulls this time of year are starting to get into the rut of the breeding season and they tend to wander into places where they shouldn’t,” wildlife biologist Michael Clark said. “Especially young bulls like this when they’re looking for love in all the wrong places.”

Authorities took the moose to the Capital District Wildlife Management area where it will be checked out and released back into the wild in eastern Rensselaer County where wildlife biologists believe it came from.

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