EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) - A 500 pound Moose attracted a lot of attention today while it roamed an Easthampton school yard.
A large crowd gathered Wednesday morning to observe a "moose-on-the-loose" at the Center elementary school yard in Easthampton.
It's believed to be the same moose seen the day before at nearby Williston-Northampton school.
Some speculated why the moose would venture into town.
Dawn Seidell said, "It tells us we're taking over their land and they have nowhere to go. That's why they're coming in where they once roamed free."
Massachusetts environmental police along with Easthampton Police officers kept the growing crowd a safe distance from the unpredictable Moose.
The crowd watched as environmental police used a dart gun to immobilize the moose, a process that took several minutes.
The drug that was used was Villszene, the animal is still cognizant of its surroundings, simply can't move," Officer John Passman told 22News.
The plan was to first lift the young female moose onto a flat bed tow truck, before transferring it to an environmental police pick up truck that would return it to the wild. . The tow truck operator told 22News this would be the third moose he's help move.
"Hopefully it doesn't wake up, strap it down good so it doesn't move around," said tow truck driver Giles LaPlante
The drug would finally wear off about forty five minutes later. By that time the moose was back in the woods, somewhere along the Westhampton-Huntington line.