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UPDATE: Moose hit in Big Cottonwood Canyon badly injured, euthanized

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TUESDAY 2/23/2021 11:26 a.m.

BIG COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah (ABC4) – A moose was euthanized after being struck by a vehicle in Big Cottonwood Canyon on Tuesday.

Shortly after 9 a.m., the Utah Department of Transportation reported that officials were responding to an injured moose on S.R. 190. The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and Unified Police were on scene.

Scott Root, DWR’s Central Region outreach manager, tells ABC4 that they had crews on scene immediately.

They found the moose, a bull, that had an injured leg and shoulder after it had been walking along the roadway.

Root says this is likely due to the deep snow alongside the road that measured up to the moose’s shoulder.

Unfortunately, because of its injuries, Root says they determined the most humane decision was to euthanize the bull. He adds that this is not common as they typically relocate the animals to a space where they can heal.

At around 10:40 a.m., UDOT confirmed that the moose had been cleared and traffic was again flowing normally.

Original Story: Injured moose reported in Big Cottonwood Canyon, UDOT urges drivers to be cautious

TUESDAY 2/23/2021 9:26 a.m.

COTTONWOOD CANYONS, Utah (ABC4) – Drivers in Big Cottonwood Canyon on S.R. 190 are asked to be aware of an injured moose.

At around 9 a.m. Tuesday, the Utah Department of Transportation reported that there is an injured moose near milepost 9.

Unified Police and the Division of Wildlife Resources are on scene to assist the animal.

“Please be extremely cautious in this area & expect intermittent lane closures when resources remove the moose,” UDOT asks.

This is a developing story. ABC4 will provide more updates as they become available.

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