A young moose was on the lam early Wednesday morning — dodging police officers for more than an hour before getting run out of town.
The moose first made an appearance just before 7 a.m. on Victoria Avenue. Tim Hortons patrons had to do a double take as the moose jaunted by before heading into a residential area.
"Officers tried to prevent it from coming further into the city, with hopes that it would head west out of the city," said Sgt. Dave Andrew.
"However, the moose on the loose made its way into the Waverly area, where officers continued to follow in attempt to block its path from continuing into residential areas, which they were successful doing."
Turning around and heading west again down Victoria Avenue, the moose stopped in at Fowler Hyundai — much to the surprise of an early morning mechanic.
"I didn’t even see him come in. About five to 10 minutes later, a police officer knocked on the window to tell me there was a moose in the back compound, and I looked out and there he was," said Maurice DuPaul.
"We shut everything down, we had the big garage door open so we shut that because I didn’t want him to come in the garage here — he could have done some pretty good damage."
Staff and police had the moose contained for about half an hour, DuPaul said, trying to figure out the safest way to escort him out of city limits.
"(The moose) was probably about two years old … he was a fair size, he was taller than the cars," DuPaul said.
Officers were able to open the gate and guide the moose to the Wheat City Golf Course, where it headed north across the river and out of the city, Andrew said.
"It’s not something that happens all too often," DuPaul said with a laugh.
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