When you live among wildlife, it’s safe to assume there is wildlife outside that is curious about what is inside your house.
In January of 2017, a cow moose in Ketchum, Idaho fell through an unlatched window into a basement of an Idaho home. Apparently, according to the Montana Standard, the moose spent somewhere around three hours in the basement that day before eight officers carried the 600-pound cow up the stairs and out the door where she got up and ran off approximately 15 minutes after being taken outside.
Law enforcement officers and those from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game tried to shoo the moose upstairs beginning at about 2:30 a.m. A Fish and Game officer arrived from Twin Falls at about 5:30 a.m. and shot the moose with a tranquilizer dart.
So…the moral of the story is to realize that wildlife is curious, and there is the potential for them to make their way into your home if you don’t secure it. Regardless of how cute they seem, they are wild animals and can be dangerous–especially if there’s a momma nearby, so if you do encounter this, please don’t try to pet the animal.
We know this is common sense, but it’s just a reminder.