Moose visits Upper Peninsula playground
BARAGA COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A large, four-legged visitor decided to take advantage of an empty school playground in the Upper Peninsula.
On December 4th a young moose visited the Sacred Heart School in L'anse around 8:30 a.m. while students, staff and faculty watched from the windows.
The school was contacted after concerned citizens noticed the moose inside the playground's fence. Amber Johnson, the school's secretary, contacted the Department of Natural Resources for their help to relocate the animal.
With the help of local law enforcement the DNR was able to get the moose through open gates after a short time.
“I basically just drove the moose out to the opening in the gate. It was nice that the opening was in the corner and we could safely herd her out,” said Brad Johnson, DNR Wildlife Technician. “The big thing was getting it out before a crowd could gather. When you get all the people it will really stress them out as they can injure themselves trying to get away, especially in a fenced situation like that.”
The school's principal, Christy Miron, who has lived in Baraga County for over 20 years, said the only other time she saw a moose that close was during a camping trip on Isle Royale.
The short video taken by Rachel Peacock, a teacher at Sacred Heart School, and has been viewed more than 32,000 times on Facebook.