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CITY MOOSE RETURNED TO THE WILD

A 600-pound moose is no longer loose in this city.

After weeks of meandering through area front lawns and wandering down railroad tracks, 15 city police officers and five officials from the state Department of Environmental Conservation finally caught the wayward female moose at about 9 a.m. Friday in a backyard.

It took authorities more than five hours to track the animal as it wove through city streets, snarling traffic during the height of morning rush hour.

"It's amazing that thing wasn't hit by a car," said police spokesman Officer Fred Aliberti.

Authorities used three tranquilizer darts to calm and capture the moose. "It's more difficult to sedate an animal of that size when it's excited," said Jennifer Post, DEC spokeswoman.

The moose was transported to state forest land in Hamilton County, where it will be released, Ms. Post said.

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