Washington Moose On The Loose As Animal Gets Cozy In Resident's Backyard

Sep 23, 2013

We'd be a little shocked to see this guy when we were taking out the trash too.

But Dave and Jan Cox got quite the surprise when they saw a young moose in their backyard in Entiat, Washington. Apparently, the animal has been hanging out in the couple's yard for nearly three weeks, according to the Wenatchee World.

"I’m not surprised he’s choosing our place to hang out, because we’re right up against the mountain," Jan Cox told the outlet.

Wildlife officials have been monitoring the moose and waiting for him to move on, but he appears mellow and not frightened of humans. They caution that wild animals can be unpredictable and the National Park Service advises against feeding or approaching those you may come across.

Apparently, young moose have been wandering into neighborhoods a lot this week. This 2-year-old male was recently caught in a Colorado suburb and relocated to a more suitable area.

Two tourists in Yellowstone National Park also had a similar experience with an adult bison earlier this month, which they caught on camera.

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