You may have seen the video by now of people petting a moose in the Aroostook County town of Caribou that was floating around on the internet lately. Well, there is good news. The friendly moose has been relocated to the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge by a team of IFW biologists, Game Wardens and Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge personnel.

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

After captivating the town of Caribou with its friendliness and affinity for people earlier this winter, the moose disappeared for about ten days before reappearing in a Caribou neighborhood yesterday.

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

IFW biologists were able to tranquilize the moose, and move it to the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge. Once at the refuge, biologists stayed with the moose until they were confident it could move on its own.

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge personnel checked on the moose this morning, and were pleased to see that its tracks headed into a thickly forested area that contains a stream.

“It is never easy to move such a large animal, but moving it was in the calf’s best interest and gives it the best chance for survival,” said Amanda DeMusz, IFW wildlife biologist.
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