BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (KREX) — Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) officers received a call at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, January 10 that reported a moose was trapped in the basement of a house off Ski Hill Road in Breckenridge. CPW officers responded and discovered the moose had fallen through a snow-covered window well while grazing near the home.
“It’s important that window wells allow people in a home to escape in the event of an emergency, but at times they can be hazards to wildlife,” said CPW Area Wildlife Manager Jeromy Huntington. “Removing vegetation that may attract wildlife around the vicinity of window wells and covering below ground window wells with approved grates that allow people to escape will reduce the likelihood of wildlife becoming trapped, or in this case, having an unwelcome visitor in the home.”
Responding officers opened doors to create exits for the animal, but could not get the moose to leave it required going up a basement staircase to reach the open doors.
CPW officers tranquilized the moose and cut off its antlers so it could fit up the stairs and reduce further damage to the home. Moose antlers typically fall off this time of year and the moose will grow new antlers in the spring.
“It was a great team effort, and other than a small cut on its leg, the moose appeared to be healthy,” said CPW District Wildlife Manager Jake Kay.
Breckenridge Police, Blue River Police, and the Red, White & Blue Fire and EMS helped CPW officers carry the moose upstairs and outside where it was safely released back into quality moose habitat.