The Fish and Game office is often called about moose with objects tangled in their antlers, especially during rutting season. Christmas lights and electric fencing are common. If whatever is wrapped around their antlers isn’t affecting the animal’s quality of life, he said Fish and Game generally lets it be. But the dog run was dragging far behind the moose and catching on trees stumps and debris, and it posed a threat to the bull he estimated was only a couple years old.
“I was really afraid that he was going to get tangled in a shallow lake until he was exhausted and just drowned,” Lewis said in a phone interview this week. “The chances of darting him were zero in the water,” because that would have also put the moose in danger of drowning.