Moose mishap makes noisy night

Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2004

The Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor awoke in the wee hours of Sunday morning to find that something that goes bump in the night in Alaska might just be a moose falling into one's window well.

Mayor Dale Bagley was awakened at about 2:30 in the morning by a cow moose creating a ruckus in his yard in Soldotna and quickly learned that the moose's calf had fallen about four feet becoming trapped against the lower-level window of the mayor's home.

Bagley summoned Soldotna police, who, as luck would have it, already were experienced in such encounters.

The same thing happened a while back to police Sgt. Robbie Quelland.

The first task at hand was to run off an obviously upset mama moose.

With that accomplished, Quelland instructed the mayor and other officers to place a sheet of plywood between the calf and the window -- to protect the window.

The mayor and four officers then managed to get a tow strap around the young moose and heave it up and out of its temporary confinement.

In a flash, the frightened youngster bolted toward the nearby woods -- hopefully for a reunion with its mom; police resumed their nightly patrols; and the mayor went back to bed.

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