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Officers Chase Moose Out of Connell Neighborhood

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CONNELL, Wash.-- A young moose made its way through a residential area of Connell Thursday making stops in people's yards, a park and then finally back to its natural habitat.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Connell Police Department chose to chase the animal out of town to protect the moose and the public.

The moose sent city and wildlife officials on a three hours chase to guide it out of town.

"We responded first of all to deal with the public safety aspect of it and then second of all to try to have the moose moved out of town in a safe manner," said Officer John Horn, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Fish and Wildlife estimate the moose was about a year old. They say the animals are considered dangerous in Washington and urged neighbors to stay back.

"Generally if you leave them alone they don't bother people but if they do feel threatened they will charge. And they can harm you if they happen to come in contact with you. So that's our main concern right there," Horn said.

"I saw a gal come out of her back yard. If it wasn't for some fencing it ran into, it probably would've got her. The moose was within 10, 12 feet of her," said Connell Mayor Gary Walton.

Officers worked to spook the animal away by shooting paint ball guns at it and cracker shells that make loud booms.

The scared animal charged at officers many times before they were able to guide it over Highway 260 and into the Esquatzel Coulee.

Neighbors say they've never seen a moose there before and are glad it made it out safely.

"It's amazing to see a wild animal running loose in a little town," said Claudia Bingham, neighbor.

Fish and Wildlife say they didn't tranquilize the moose because on hot days like Thursday that drug can kill the animal.

Officers say they think the moose is back in the wild and won't be returning anytime soon.