Moose struck by train, dispatched by officers |

Moose struck by train, dispatched by officers

Hank Shell

A Union Pacific train hit and injured a female moose near Winter Park Drive and Timber House Road early April 13, wildlife officials said.

Union Pacific notified Fraser-Winter Park Police around 3:30 a.m. that one of its trains had struck a moose and requested officers located and dispatch the animal, according to a police call log. Normal train traffic was halted for around 40 minutes as Fraser-Winter Park Police searched for the animal.

Officers located and dispatched the animal around 4 a.m. Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Mike Porras said authorities were unable to salvage meat from the animal. Normally, salvageable meat is donate to needy families.

Porras said collisions with wildlife in this area are not uncommon. Two other moose were involved in collisions with vehicles in northwest Colorado that same weekend.

“If you’re ever driving around Colorado at night, be careful,” Porras said. “Moose collisions are especially dangerous for motorists.”

Hank Shell can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19610.

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