It’s moose breeding season and that means bulls are on the move in search of mates.
One young bull had a mishap during his travels. He stumbled right into a swimming pool in Bedford, New Hampshire, this week, according to New Hampshire Fish & Game.
NHF&G posted a video on social media of the moose being herded out of the pool on Wednesday, Oct. 2. He went into the pool Tuesday night, they said.
The moose was stuck in the pool for several hours because there were no stairs, according to the Facebook post.
State wildlife biologists and local conservation officers used a rope pulled across the pool to guide him toward a set of wooden steps they placed in the pool for him, they said. The bull finally made his way out and lumbered back to the woods – after clumsily knocking over a cinder block with a back hoof.
This wasn’t the first wayward moose to find itself in water it might not want to be in. In June, a wandering moose took a swim in the Soo Locks – that one was able to find its own way out.
Moose are native to Michigan but disappeared in the Lower Peninsula by the late 1800s, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Now they are most commonly found in two areas of the Upper Peninsula: Marquette, Baraga and Iron counties; and in Alger, Schoolcraft, Luce and Chippewa counties.
Michigan lawmakers are reportedly pushing for a limited moose hunt on Isle Royale National Park because the population is “just getting out of hand,” one legislator said. The Michigan legislature has no jurisdiction over the park, which is controlled by the National Park Service.
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