A 600-pound cow moose killed in a collision with a car Feb. 28 is probably the often-sighted Monico Moose according to DNR wildlife biologist Jeremy Holtz.
“I have reason to believe that it’s likely the same animal because we’ve had reports of what we called the Monico Moose in that same area – south of County C on Highway 45 – and I’ve got pictures of it alive,” Holtz said. “The likelihood of there being multiple moose cows in one spot in Wisconsin – the odds are pretty low.”
The collision happened about 7:30 p.m. on State Highway 45 about eight miles east of Rhinelander.
The driver of the car, Paula Eades of Rhinelander, was not hurt in the crash. The collision with the moose smashed the windshield and partially caved the top of the car.
Holtz indicated that the Monico Moose wasn’t always reported alone.
“The Monico Moose did have an immature bull with it, maybe a calf, last year, so it’s possible there’s still a lone animal wandering around in that area,” he said. “I haven’t had any more reports since the car-strike. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
The car-killed moose was sold to a passerby.
“The conservation warden has the ability to sell animals to people for a set price. It’s a value determined per animal for every species,” Holtz said.
“The warden said he’d be able to sell it to him and the person wrote a check. I think the money goes into department activities like hunter safety programs and stuff.”
The moose was sold for $262.50. Holtz said the animal won’t go to waste.
“It was legally acquired and is going to be processed.”
Sightings in the area
Holtz said evidence for a Monico Moose calf came in reported sightings and a photograph of some tracks.
“Somebody sent me photos of moose tracks in that same area last January and they were side by side,” he said. “There were larger and smaller tracks.”
There have been other reports of bull moose roaming the area, too.
“We had a bull that was sighted crossing the road – it was actually between Monico and Crandon – a couple of years ago,” Holtz recalled.
He also said he thought a bull was sighted following the Pelican River near U.S. Highway 8.
“In general, in this part of the state, we have had bull moose reports as well,” Holtz said. He has noticed a sort of pattern when it comes to moose sightings.
“When we get bull reports, they tend to be in the fall,” he said. “I’m guessing that’s associated with the breeding season, dispersion, stuff like that. But the female moose observations tend to be more consistent around the year.”
Holtz said moose sightings are less common in the heat of summer.
“I don’t think they do real well in the heat, I think they lay low. When it’s cooler and the water’s running fast it seems like we get more reports.”
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