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Moose Again On The Loose In Area

Sutherland, Iowa — There’s a moose on the loose again in northwest Iowa.

We talked to Iowa Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Steve Reighard. He says moose sightings in northwest Iowa are very infrequent.

Moose by Sutherland. Thanks to Douglas Sweeney for picture
Moose by Sutherland. Pic from Douglas Sweeney

He says the normal range for moose starts about two-thirds of the way up the state of Minnesota, or at least 200 miles north of northwest Iowa. We asked Reighard what would make a moose come this far south.


Reighard says he’s only ever seen one moose in northwest Iowa, and that was in the 1970’s near Estherville. Reighard says the DNR is not trying to heard the moose back where it belongs.


He wants people to remember that moose are a protected species in Iowa.


According to posts on Facebook, the young bull moose was last seen near Sutherland.

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