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(Posted 9:30 p.m., Dec. 15)
Wandering moose ends up in Chateauneuf backyard

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A stray moose that wandered into a backyard in Chateauneuf this morning was tranquilized and successfully relocated to the wild. CBC photo

A wandering moose that ended up in the backyard of a house on Lunenburg Crescent in Chateauneuf, has been returned to the wild in Larose Forest.

The Ottawa Police started receiving reports of a stray moose in the area at around 2 a.m.

By 8 a.m. the animal had cornered itself in backyard with a high wooden fence. After the police determined that 18-month-old female moose posed no threat to the public, the National Capital Commission conservation office was called in.

A team of NCC conservation officers managed to tranquilize the moose which was loaded onto a truck using a large cargo net and transported to the Larose Forest.

National Capital Commission Senior Conservation Officer Pierre-Luc Denis says the animal likely wandered into Orléans from the Mer Bleue Bog.

"We brought it to another natural habitat at Larose Forest which is further away from the city to ensure that this actual moose won’t get into the same situation," said Denis.

No one was more surprised at seeing a moose in the middle of Orléans than the residents on Lunenburg Crescent.

"It's unbelievable, how a moose would get there. ... We see deer all the time, but not moose," Andre Savoie told the CBC.

This is just the latest in a long list of incidents involving moose wandering into the suburbs.

During a two-week period in July 2006, four moose made there way into Orléans in two different incidents. In the first incident a female moose knocked down fences and trampled through several gardens in Chapel Hill before finding its way to a nearby forest.

Two weeks later a trio of moose were found wandering down Hiawatha Park in Convent Glen North. Two of them made into the Ottawa River on their own, while the third animal had to be tranquilized and relocated to the Mer Bleue Bog.

In 2007, a mature female moose was spotted on Talcy Crescent in Fallingbrook before it found its way to a wooded area in behind the crescent and got away.

The last moose incident of any significance happened in May 2010 when two young moose wound up on Bottriel Way in Fallingbrook. After several attempts to tranquilize them failed, the police had to put one the animals down. The other managed to escape to a nearby forest.

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