A cow moose took a leisurely tour through Deer Lodge — nearly joining a track meet in session — before officials safely herded her out of town by about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.
“It was a big cow,” said Powell County Sheriff’s Office Dispatcher Jen Lee. “She was beating feet through town and was all fluttered. We had two police officers and a deputy rounding her up.”
Startled residents called Lee, giving a running color commentary on the moose's whereabouts, tracking the moose as it breezed through town.
Lee took four calls, including from a guy playing ball at the American Legion field on the north side of town, where the moose was first spotted.
The animal made tracks south to the corner of Fifth Street and California, where she paid quick fly-by respects to the Community Church of Christ.
She then continued south on Fifth, then east past Powell County High School.
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“We were afraid she was going to participate in the junior high track meet going on,” laughed Lee.
Minus a calf or any like companions, the moose headed southward to a south frontage road, she reported.
“Then once out of the city, the officers let her go,” Lee said. “They just kept an eye on her to make sure she didn’t run over any children or dogs. She ended up going (east) up to Interstate 90, which she crossed safely.”
It was the most excitement Lee has had in the office for a long time.
“We’re not super-super busy during the day for that kind of thing,” said Lee, gleefully, liberally using the phrase “moose on the loose” throughout the day.
“It was funny. It was the highlight of my day. I rarely get phone calls, you know.”