Moose stuck on railroad bridge gets rescued, relocated, without any major injuries

IMAGE: Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department photo of a moose on railroad tracks in Ludlow, Vermont.(Warden Kyle Isherwood/Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department)

In Vermont, a moose got stuck on an active railroad bridge, and state fish and wildlife officials managed to remove the moose and relocate it to the wilderness with minimal injuries.

(Warden Kyle Isherwood/Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department )

From AP:

State Fish and Wildlife received a report Wednesday morning that a moose was stuck on a bridge near the Ludlow and Cavendish area in southern Vermont.

Local game wardens and wildlife biologists, with assistance from the Springfield Fire Department and a crew from the Vermont Rail System, sedated the moose and picked it up with a railroad crane truck.

Here's the original post from Vermont Fish & Wildlife on Facebook, which includes a video:

SUCCESS!

On Wednesday morning it was reported to Vermont Fish and Wildlife that a moose was stuck in an active railroad trestle bridge next to Route 103 in the Ludlow/Cavendish area. Vermont game wardens and wildlife biologists with assistance from the Springfield Fire Department and a crew from the Vermont Rail System were able to sedate the moose, pick it up with a railroad crane truck, and relocate it to a safe area where it could return to the wild with minimal injuries.

The focus of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is on population level threats to species, and it is rare that this kind of intervention makes sense because of the risk posed to the animal and responders. Such recoveries are many times not successful. It’s great to see that in this case it ended well for those involved and for this very fortunate moose. A great job by all, and a special thanks from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife to those who helped in this effort, including Vermont Rail System, Springfield Fire Department, and the Town of Cavendish, Vermont!

(Warden Kyle Isherwood/Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department )