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Two moose found wandering Concord’s South End

A moose lies in the grass in South Concord on Saturday morning; June 29, 2013.

Mike Alberici for the Monitor

A moose lies in the grass in South Concord on Saturday morning; June 29, 2013. Mike Alberici for the Monitor

Two moose wandered in the South End of Concord yesterday morning, drawing a small crowd of onlookers before they were herded out of the residential neighborhood.

The moose likely wandered overnight into a neighborhood near West and Downing streets, said Sgt. Scott LaCrosse of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. LaCrosse spent about two hours helping the Concord police guide the moose back into the woods yesterday morning.

But before the moose – both about 2 years old – returned to the woods off Clinton Street, South End residents enjoyed a rare sight.

Mike Alberici took a walk yesterday morning, and stumbled upon one of the moose on his way home to Morton Street. Another family had gathered to look at a moose sitting in a backyard off West Street.

“And the guy told me to be careful, he said there were two moose in the neighborhood
. . . and I said, ‘you’re kidding
me,’ ” Alberici said. “And he said, ‘No there’s one of them right there.’ ”

Alberci, who is a freelance writer for the Monitor, ran home to get his wife and two children. His 13-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son had never seen a moose, despite a decade of looking for them on trips to the White Mountains.

e_SDLqAnd (the moose) was just sitting there, just hanging out, and this was probably about 100 yards from my house,” he said.

The Alberici family stayed for about 30 minutes to take photos, but kept their distance. The moose didn’t move while they were there, but a small crowd began to gather, and they heard there was a second moose walking around the neighborhood. He didn’t want to scare the animals, so Alberici went home.

LaCrosse, the Fish and Game officer, arrived on the scene about 9 a.m.

“Basically what we did, between me and the Concord police, we just sort of – for lack of a better term – herded one of the moose out of the residential area into a wooded area where it was more appropriate for it to be,” he said.

LaCrosse said the moose probably entered the neighborhood while it was dark, but by sunrise became confused by the fenced-in backyards and streets. The herding process took about two hours. It’s not easy to herd a moose because “they have a mind of their own,” he said.

“Well, it’s just kind of trial and error,” LaCrosse said. “Basically what you try to do is not get them angry or over-stressed and just keeping your distance and just try to get behind them, and obviously they want to walk away from you if they’re not trapped in a backyard.”

One of the moose made its own way back to the woods off Clinton Street while the other was herded. Moose are spotted in the Clinton Street area a few times a year, LaCrosse said, but they rarely venture into neighborhoods.

“It’s certainly not every day you see a moose in a residential area,” he said.

By yesterday afternoon, Alberici said residents were still driving around the South End trying to spot the moose. But LaCrosse asked that residents avoid searching for the animals.

Now, the Albericis can put a check mark on their summer to-do list. They’re about to take a trip out W est, and joked that they’d have to travel many miles from home to finally see a moose.

“We’ve actually kind of made it like a summer goal to see a moose for the last 10 years and we’ve never seen one,” Alberici said. “So it was awesome to see one 100 yards from my house.”

(Laura McCrystal can be reached at 369-3312 or or on Twitter @lmccrystal.)

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