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Moose strolls about town, then retreats; Animal's brief appearance concerns some residents.

Byline: Priyanka Dayal

WORCESTER - A moose strolling around the Worcester-Leicester line made a few residents jittery yesterday morning before wandering back into the woods.

Animal Control received a call around 9:45 a.m. from a police officer who saw the moose in the Main and Bauer streets area, said Derek S. Brindisi, Worcester's acting director of public health.

"It's a heavily wooded area, an environmentally appropriate area for the moose," Mr. Brindisi said. "That's where you want the moose to be."

The moose made its way up Apricot Street and paid a visit to some backyards near South High Community School, before returning to the woods about an hour after it was first spotted.

"We just watched him," Police Officer Armando Garcia said. "We made sure he didn't go into the city."

Environmental Police and four Worcester police cruisers were called to the area as a precaution.

Environmental Police Officer Paul A. Norton estimated the antlered, horse-sized animal was 2 years old and weighed 800 to 900 pounds.

"This guy might have been taking a Thursday morning stroll," he said. "Thankfully, he was not on Route 9. What a mess that would be."

Residents who see a wild animal on the loose in the city are asked to contact the Animal Control office at (508) 799-1211.

Lisa D. Welsh of the Telegram & Gazette staff contributed to this report.
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