Baywinkle, sound asleep, is on his way to a rural area North and East of Bonners Ferry, Idaho. This all expenses included trip was sponsored by Idaho Fish & Game, after numerous requests from local residents, fearful that children might be harmed. Alerted by Marie at the Captain's Wheel, your intrepid reporter scurried up to 1st and Fir, where Fish & Game agents had the moose down already.
The Bull Moose, sans antlers, has been hanging out in Bayview since before Christmas, as deep mountain snows blanketed the surrounding areas. Many originally thought he was a female, since no antlers. Research shows however that moose do not shed every year, but usually every other. Some close calls have been experienced since he moved in, at times eating out of peoples hands, (to be discouraged) and others, charging in anger.(to be avoided)
All in all, it was a great experience for the community, in a season that doesn't offer much in the way of entertainment. Great pictures and memories will last much longer than Baywinkle will. IF&G officials on scene felt confident that the moose will recover nicely from the tranquilizer administered, which isn't always the case.
Photo by Taryn Hecker Thonpson.
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