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Moose sent back to the wild after roaming New York for weeks

May 17 (UPI) -- A young moose that was on the loose for weeks has finally been returned to the wilds of the southern Adirondacks of New York.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed the news on Facebook alongside photos of the female young cow moose and how authorities were able to detain the 500-pound animal.

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The young cow moose had originally gotten stuck in a hose paddock before it jumped over the fence with ease, the DEC said.

The animal then continued following the Mohawk River east for five days and kept heading east after it was spotted near Schenectady Community College.

The young moose eventually found herself inside a shaded, fenced-in backyard located in the Woodlawn section of Schenectady. This gave authorities the perfect chance to capture and release the young moose.

"Thanks to the great teamwork of DEC's Region 4 Bureau of Wildlife and Division of Law Enforcement staff, the scene was quiet and the moose was calm, which led to a much easier time darting and moving this 500 pound animal," the DEC said on Facebook.

"She was fitted with a yellow ear tag for identification purposes and let's hope she stays to the north next time!" the organization continued.

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The DEC also uploaded a video of the young moose being released back into the wild.

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