DNR: Moose sightings rare in Chippewa Valley

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BLOOMER, Wis. (WEAU, AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has received reports of moose sightings in the Chippewa Valley -- a rare occurrence in that part of the state.

Jess Carstens is a wildlife biologist for the DNR. He says he received reports of two moose sightings around Sand Creek in Dunn County last Tuesday. One woman reported it was a female.

There was a male moose sighting Wednesday between Bloomer and Colfax. Carstens says photos show its size is similar that of a moose captured on trail cameras days earlier in Chetek.

He says most moose sightings are much farther north. But it's breeding season, so the male may have been in a fight with another male and ended up in the Chippewa Valley.


An unusual sight for our part of the state! A moose has been spotted wandering around northwestern Wisconsin.

The pictures above were taken by WEAU 13 News viewers just west of Bloomer and about nine miles north of Colfax. They shared them with us on our Facebook page.

Wildlife Biologist Jess Carstens says the first moose sighting the agency heard about was from a hunter's trail camera over the weekend. He says the DNR thinks it is the same moose in all of the pictures.

"Generally when we have sightings in Wisconsin, they're up along the border with Michigan," Carstens said. "So, to see them anywhere south of that northern-most tier of counties that boarder the UP is pretty uncommon."

He says to keep an eye out for more moose in that area. If you do see one, Carstens says you should not approach it.

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