Moose running loose at Utah Capitol

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Posted: Jun 03, 2016 6:22 PM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A moose that darted across the lawn of Utah's State Capitol and evaded wildlife officers for hours will be relocated to a canyon about 60 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Mike Roach with Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources said the young female moose emerged from a canyon Friday and ended up in a city park north of downtown Salt Lake City.

The animal was spooked by passers-by and climbed a nearby hill to the grounds of the Capitol. She ran across lawns before dipping down into the park, returning again to the statehouse and running down nearby roads to escape officers.

Roach said "she just would not hold still."

Officers tranquilized the roughly 700-pound animal and joggers and bystanders helped carry it on a tarp to a waiting trailer.