LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) — A moose was spotted in the front yard of a Ludlow, Massachusetts, home on Sunday.
A 22News viewer said the moose was in his yard for about 15 minutes before it went into his backyard, then down the street.
Moose have roamed the forests of Massachusetts, but by the early 1700s, unregulated hunting and extensive forest clearing for pastures and farming by early settlers led to their disappearance, according to Mass.gov.
Moose began to reappear in greater numbers in Massachusetts beginning in the 1980s, expanding south from neighboring states.
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Moose, like deer, lack upper incisors, so they strip off twigs, plants, and bark rather than snipping it neatly. Moose also eat large amounts of sodium-rich aquatic vegetation in the summer.
If you’re lucky enough to see a moose, stay a respectful distance away and try to avoid startling the moose. They are unwary as they move through different populated areas, mainly during the mating season.
Wildlife experts say to always give the moose plenty of space, watch its behavior, and never try to approach or feed it. Moose can feel threatened when people or dogs get close, which can make them aggressive and cause them to charge.
If a moose does charge towards you, experts say to hide behind something solid, like a tree, or try to get inside.
If you see a moose in a densely populated area, leave the moose alone and contact the nearest MassWildlife District Office or the Environmental Police to report the sighting and to get advice.