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Moose on the loose in Burlington

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It was a quiet Tuesday morning in the office for Francis Gravel and his co-workers at Union Street Media.

"I have a nice view of Union Street, the lake and all that in my office, so of course in the morning I have my window open and I look out. And there was a Burlington policeman pulls up, lights flashing-- no car in front of him, no one around. So I'm kind of curious and poke behind the monitor," Gravel said.

Gravel says he couldn't believe what he saw next-- a moose, right on South Union Street headed up the driveway.

"We have group chat and I thought, well, I will send it out. But the moose was moving, so I better let everyone know really quick. So I did just kind of yell 'MOOSE!' And everybody went for the windows," Gravel said.

Police say they aren't sure when the first call came in, but the animal was certainly on the move all day. People spotted the wayward moose all over the metro area, including:

  • Oakledge Park
  • Battery Street
  • The Old North End
  • UVM's Trinity Campus
  • The Winooski Falls
  • Williston Road

And many who saw it were in total awe.

"Right behind the car over there I saw this big shape emerge, and I realized it was indeed a moose, which I had never seen before. And I watched it saunter onto the street and was just stunned," said Elizabeth Campbell, who saw the moose.

The moose even made its way to Beansie's Bus and then ran past the Burlington police station.

"Our greatest concern when you hear there is an animal that large walking through a city environment is, of course, public safety with traffic," Burlington Deputy Police Chief Bruce Bovat said.

UVM Police say the animal found its way onto campus and smashed several windows in academic buildings. Authorities say blood and fur was found in the shattered glass, but they don't know if the animal is seriously injured.

As officials continue to monitor the animal's movements, they are not considering lethal measures-- yet.

"The last thing we want to do is put the animal down, but if it came to that point where public safety was an issue and if we could reasonably forecast that someone had potential of being hurt, then we would have to," Bovat said.

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