Bull Moose Roaming Near Olivia

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(West Central Tribune/Olivia, MN) Not your usual trip home for lunch: That’s how Susie Lang described her drive on Friday.

The West Central Tribune reports a bull moose bolted out in front her as she headed down Fairview Avenue on the west edge of Olivia, the city’s familiar water tower and the U.S. Highway 212 commercial strip all within her eyesight.

Just that morning, she had been looking at a newspaper report of a motorist who had struck what was believed to be a wild elk near Hector on the east end of the county one week earlier.

Lang left for lunch about 11:30 a.m., and drove slow in hopes of spotting the moose. “Sure enough, it ran right out in front of me,’’ she said.

She captured a few photos and video with her phone as the bull moose ran through a soybean field.

The last she heard was that the moose was headed west towards Danube.

Moose sightings this far south of their natural range in northeastern and northwestern Minnesota are not uncommon, according to Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. Occasionally moose, and more often elk, will wander from their normal range, he said.

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