in firefighters Alaska Last Sunday the Alaska Wildlife Troopers received an unusual request for assistance.
“They were looking for help pulling moose out of a basement,” said Captain Josh Thompson of Central Emergency Services on the Kenai Peninsula.
The one-year-old bull was spotted eating breakfast Sunday morning next to a house in Soldotna, about 150 miles southwest of Anchorage.
“It looks like the moose was trying to eat some vegetation from a basement window well and fell into it, and then into the basement,” Thompson said.
A biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game was able to tranquilize the moose but the animal was not completely rendered unconscious.
“He was still looking around and sitting there, he just wasn’t running around,” Thompson said.
Once tranquilized, the next problem was getting the moose – who weighed at least 500 pounds – out of the house.
Improvising, the responders got hold of a large transport wire commonly used as a stretcher for large human patients. Once the moose was in position, it took six men to carry it into and out of the house.
Photos from the morning’s rescue showed Moose unperturbed, just looking down a hallway between two men facing the tarpaulin front.
The Anchorage Daily News reported that Thompson said Moose just hung around for a while after getting out, until a reversal agent for tranquilizers kicked in. The biologist treated minor wounds on the back of the moose’s legs from falling from a window.
Once the sedative wore off, the moose had apparently had his fill of human companionship and wanted to go back into the wild.
Thompson said, “He got up and took off.”