A 6-foot-tall, 600-pound bull moose was struck and killed by a car after leading Idaho Fish and Game officers on a chase through Twin Falls.
The young moose was hit on U.S. 30 less than two miles west of town at 9:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Twin Falls County Sheriff's office. The impact trapped a passenger who had to be extricated from the vehicle but was treated at Magic Valley Regional Hospital and released.The moose, probably a tourist from mountains south and east of Burley, was hit with three rifle-propelled tranquilizer darts during his getaway in northwest Twin Falls Thursday afternoon.
They didn't so much as buckle his knobby knees.
"They were afraid to shoot him with another tranquilizer," said Stu Murrell, spokesman for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game in Jerome. "One is usually enough for a moose."
The moose bedded down in a field west of the Twin Falls Gun Club Thursday night, but by Friday morning Fish and Game had lost track of it. Wildlife officials had hoped to find the animal, then tranquilize it and ship it to the mountains north of Fairfield.