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Moose Moved from North Platte to Wildlife Management Area

LINCOLN — Continued sightings of a moose within the city limits of North Platte have prompted Nebraska Game and Parks Commission officials to immobilize and relocate the moose to a wildlife management area.

Nebraska Game and Parks biologists worked with local law enforcement and a local veterinarian to move the moose from North Platte city limits to a wildlife management area on the afternoon of Dec. 28. Commission officials and local law enforcement have kept a close eye on the moose that has wandered in and out of city limits over the past couple of weeks. Increased concern over potential interactions between the moose and humans led to the decision to move it outside of town.

Officials stress that people should not approach the moose to take pictures or attempt to feed it, as moose have been known to become aggressive toward people and pets.

Aggressive moose often show a variety of signs, including pinned back or flattened ears with hair raised around the neck and back. Other signs are a lowered head, stomping feet and teeth clicking or licking of its lips. In the case of a moose charging, people are encouraged to run and not stand their ground.

About Jerry Kane

Jerry Kane is the news manager with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. He can be contacted at jerry.kane@nebraska.gov or 402-471-5008.

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