Officials: Moose remains elusive
SHANTAL PARRIS RILEY AND EMILY STEWART
BEACON — The moose that was spotted in southern Dutchess County this weekend is still on the loose, officials said.
(Photo courtesy of the City of Beacon Police Depart)
Wendy Rosenbach, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Conservation said as of Tuesday morning there were no reports that the young bull moose had been captured.
Rosenbach said while moose are quite large, "they can be very elusive."
"We’re not sure where it is right now," she said.
The moose may have migrated northeast from the City of Beacon toward the Town of East Fishkill, officials said Monday.
"He was last seen at the Fairview Cemetery, near the Beacon-Fishkill line at about 10 p.m. last night," said Detective Sgt. Louis Lucato.
Lucato said the animal was first spotted by residents on South Avenue around 11 a.m. Sunday.
The moose darted in and out of wooded areas along Fishkill Avenue near Memorial Park, Lucato said.
A portion of Dennings Avenue was shut down because of traffic concerns.
State Department of Environmental Conservation officials say moose sightings in this part of the state are rare.
"We have a small moose population in the Adirondacks, but that's about it," said Rosenbach, adding that Connecticut also had a small moose population. "We're hoping he heads back up north."
According to a Sept. 27 DEC press release, the state's moose population is up by 500 since 2007.
The moose was identified as a 2-year-old male by its antlers, Rosenbach said.
"It's moose-mating season right now," she said. "This could have been a factor in his appearance.
"Oftentimes, males will wander far distances to find mates," she said.
Rosenbach advised anyone who sees a moose to contact local police or call the DEC Division of Law Enforcement at 845-256-3013.