Truck hits moose by Wal-Mart

In “Motorcycling Montana,” we repeatedly warn riders to be wary of wildlife, the number one hazard for motorcyclists in this state. But we didn’t expect this. Glad no one was hurt; just the critters…

By John Grant Emeigh of The Montana Standard | Posted: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 2:00 am

A southbound pickup truck hit a bull moose on Harrison Avenue (in Butte,MT) near Wal-Mart Saturday evening.

Police say the moose walked in front of a red 1997 GMC pickup truck in the 3900 block of Harrison Avenue about 9:25 p.m.

A game warden with Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks was called to the scene and shot the seriously wounded animal, according to the Butte police report. Warden Regan Dean said the moose was a young bull, weighing 500 to 600 pounds, and had just shed its antlers.

Dean said the animal was alive after being hit, but was too badly hurt to be saved.

“You could’ve walk up to it and touched it if you wanted and the moose wouldn’t move,” Dean said.

Dean said he quickly put the animal out of its misery.

“It’s a sad thing,” he said.

The driver of the truck wasn’t injured, police said.

Earlier that same day, about 1:45 p.m., a motorist hit a deer at Meadowlark and Arizona in south Butte. The seriously wounded deer also had to be shot. No injuries were reported to the driver.

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