On Monday, June 25, 2012 at approximately 11:51 a.m. the Wellesley Police Department Emergency Communications Center began receiving calls about a moose spotted in a residential neighborhood. The moose was reported to be in the area of Reeds Pond and Upson Road at this time. Officers responded to the area but were unable to locate the moose.
Around 1:21 p.m. the moose was reported to have been seen in the area of Parker Road. Officers again responded to the area and spoke with some residents that had seen the moose in the wooded area behind their houses. The Massachusetts Environmental Police were notified at this time and they quickly responded. Parker Road resident Meg Mountzoures was able to take this fantastic photo with her IPhone while keeping the Wellesley Police updated on the location of the moose.
Several Wellesley Police Officers worked with the Environmental Police in an attempt to safely locate the moose. They followed tracks in the area of Lexington Road to Shirley Road throughout the afternoon, but were unable to locate the moose. If the Environmental Police had located the moose they would have first attempted to guide it towards a safer location so it would not have an effect on the public. If necessary the Environmental Police were ready to tranquilize the moose so it could be safely relocated.
The Wellesley Police Department is asking that if anyone sees the moose to call our Emergency Communications Center at 781-235-1212. We would also like the public to know that if they do see the moose they should not approach the animal. We want to avoid scaring the moose into traffic where it could cause harm to itself or others.
After viewing a photograph of the moose that a resident took the Environmental Police indicated that it does not appear to be a full grown adult and is approximately 500-600 pounds.
Please check the Wellesley Police Department’s website for updates.
Special thanks to photographer Meg Mountzoures who did what many could not today:
Capture a great image of the moose!