There was a moose on the loose in Castle Rock Tuesday morning, but it was sent packing by local law enforcement, said Castle Rock Police Department Capt. John Anderson.
Castle Rock Police and the Colorado Department of Wildlife game wardens herded the bull moose, which had wandered into The Meadows, back into open space after it was spotted near Meadowview Elementary School, Anderson said.
"A couple residents called in to say there was a moose in the area," Anderson said. "Four officers and the game warden herded 'Bullwinkle' back to Plum Creek in Waverton Ranch."
It took about 30 minutes to get the moose away from the subdivision, but there were no major incidents and the moose was compliant, Anderson said.
"He looked to be about a 2- or 3-years-old," Anderson said. "He was pretty scared and disoriented."
It's not uncommon for a young bull moose to wander hundreds of miles away from established herds, said Todd Malmsbury, chief of information for the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
"We have approximately 1,000 head of moose in the state," Malmsbury said. "They occasionally wander about and it has nothing to do with the drought."
The moose has been sighted around the Prime Outlets of Castle Rock for about two weeks, said Andy Hough, Division of Wildlife regional manager.
It could be the same one that was seen earlier in Colorado Springs.
As with any other wildlife, people are cautioned to stay away from moose, especially young bull moose.
"They can weigh 600 pounds or more," Malmsbury said.
"They can easily run a person down and cause a lot of injury."