Moose Calf Saved After Falling Through Basement of Burned Building

A moose calf that recently fell into the basement foundation of a home that had previously burned down was rescued and reunited with its mother. Colorado wildlife officials tranquilized both animals and relocated them to an appropriate habitat elsewhere in the state.

In a press release Monday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) stated that its officials received a call on August 19 that a moose calf had fallen into a 4-foot-deep basement foundation of the home. They said the home had been destroyed in last year's East Troublesome Fire and that the foundation was all that remained.

In an attempt to help, neighbors built a ramp thinking that the calf could climb out; however, the climb was too steep for the youngling. Eventually, they called CPW.

When CPW Officer Serena Rocksund arrived at the scene, she noticed the calf's mother nearby.

"The calf's mother would come up to the foundation, walk over to the calf and touch muzzles and walk away about 40 yards," Rocksund said. "The residents saw the calf and mother were stressed and needed help so they called CPW."

Rocksund managed to rescue the calf and reunite it with its mother. Both animals were then tranquilized and placed inside a wildlife transport trailer and relocated to Craig.

An official explained that they didn't want to re-release the moose in the area where they were found, because they could get hurt in the future.

"We've had some increased reports of human-moose conflicts near Grand Lake since the East Troublesome Fire burn and we didn't want to take the risk that this moose might get trapped again if we released it near the burn area," said CPW Area Wildlife Manager Jeromy Huntington.

"It's a good reminder that folks need to fence off foundations and cover their window wells because animals can get trapped and die," Huntington also said.

CPW shared a photo of the moose calf to its Twitter account Monday.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers rescue moose calf from Grand Lake basement; reunite it with mom and relocate both:

— CPW NW Region (@CPW_NW) August 23, 2021

"So happy to read that CPW was able to reunite the baby moose with its Mom," said one commenter.

Officials said in the statement they have been working on growing the moose population near Craig, and called this incident a "win-win."

Last month, a bull moose caught roaming around a Colorado parking garage was also tranquilized and relocated to Craig.

Though the moose had not acted aggressively, it had become comfortable in the area. Rather than let it potentially become a problem, CPW officers also relocated him to Craig, where he could roam without disturbing others.

CPW also shared a video of that moose being released in its new home to its Twitter account in July.

Wildlife officers release the bull moose that was relocated out of the parking structure in Vail on Tuesday.

— CPW NW Region (@CPW_NW) July 28, 2021

Moose haven't always been common in Colorado, but thanks to ongoing reintroduction efforts, there are an estimated 3,000 moose throughout the state.

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A moose calf was recently rescued after falling into a 4-foot-deep basement foundation of a home that was destroyed by a fire. Stock image of moose calf in the wild. johan10/iStock