A cow moose is safe and caused minimal damage after she fell through an unlatched window into a basement bedroom in southwest Hailey early Sunday morning.
Beginning about 2:30 a.m., the moose spent about three hours in the basement of the home on Queen of the Hills Drive while Idaho Department of Fish and Game and law enforcement officers tried several times to shoo her upstairs. At about 5:30 a.m., a Fish and Game officer arrived from Twin Falls with a tranquilizer dart gun.
According to homeowner Julie Emerick, the officer darted the moose, which quickly succumbed and passed out in a corner. Eight officers rolled the approximately 600-pound animal onto a tarp.
“With a lot of grunting and groaning they got her up the stairs and out the door,
Emerick said. “Fifteen or 20 minutes later, she got up and ran off.”
Emerick said that other than a lot of moose poop and some urine, the basement bedroom suffered little damage.
“She was absolutely the most polite, gracious beast that you could have in your house,” Emerick said.