Wildlife officials rescue moose from Washington state swing set

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |  Dec. 15, 2017 at 12:49 PM
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Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Washington state wildlife officials responded to a home to rescue a 900-pound moose that manged to get itself tangled in a swing set.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wildlife Conflict Specialist Kile Westerman and Wildlife Officer Beauchene responded to a Spokane County home where a resident had reported a moose caught in their swing set.

"It had the whole swing set wrapped around -- the chain from the swing set wrapped around its antlers," Westerman told KLXY-TV.

A video posted to Facebook by the department shows the rescuers tranqulize the moose to keep it calm before using bolt cutters to free it from the swings.

"We had to wait for the perfect shot because you want to make sure the dart goes into a big muscle mass," Westerman said.

He said the moose eventually left the scene without serious injuries.

"It did have a little mark by its eye, but it didn't puncture the eye or anything like that," Westerman said.

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