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Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 12:52 am

COEUR d'ALENE - A driver was shaken and a bull moose put down after a collision between the two on Best Avenue Tuesday morning.

Ray Theander was driving westbound on Best Avenue when he struck a 1-year-old moose near Eighth Street shortly before 11 a.m.

"He came out of nowhere," an emotional Theander said after the accident, which crumpled the hood and front windshield of his 1997 Hyundai. "I never expected to see a moose on the corner of Eighth Street and Best Avenue."

Theander said he was traveling 25 miles per hour after he left his work at Motion Auto Supply about one block away, and didn't see the animal until it covered his windshield.

"I couldn't see anything," he said. "It was all black."

Nobody else was involved in the accident.

Witnesses said the estimated 700-pound yearling moose laid down in the street afterward, then wandered to the front yard of Verl Albert's home on the 800 block of Best Avenue.

"It was pretty messed up, seeing a hurt animal," said Albert, who was watching television at home with friend Tyler Haagensen when the moose laid down outside his front window. "It looked pretty bad."

The moose moved to the side of the house after first responder sirens spooked it, Albert and Haagensen said. It sat there until Idaho Fish and Game tranquilized it to assess its injuries, which consisted of internal injuries and a broken front leg and required it be put down, said Jim Hayden, IDFG regional wildlife manager.

IDFG doesn't have an estimate on the moose population in North Idaho, officials said, but moose and human encounters have become more common as subdivisions encroach farther into wildlife's habitat. IDFG responds to "several" moose accidents per year, according to Hayden.

Tuesday's accident was in the middle of town, however.

Meat from the animal can't be harvested since it was drugged. Theander, who was heading to Post Falls for work purposes, said he was sorry that the animal couldn't be saved.

"It's pretty upsetting," he said, calling moose "beautiful" animals. "I don't know what to say. It was an accident."

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    I'm amazed that it even states that he was driving 10mph under the posted speed limit, a constant traffic problem in cda, and yet he still couldn't avoid the accident.

     
  • EddieCox posted at 8:42 pm on Fri, Dec 7, 2012.

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    Maybe the state should increase the number of moose tags they give out each year. I know a lot of hunters who enter the lottery every year and don't get one. If these encounters are becoming more frequent, maybe the moose population is increasing. (duh) I live out of town and see more and more moose every year, often in my front yard. Better to harvest them in hunting season than to see them get hit in the middle of town.

     
  • concernedcitizen posted at 5:43 am on Thu, Dec 6, 2012.

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  • trollolol posted at 6:08 pm on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

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    A moose? Really? THIS made the front page? You make me sick. How low can one stoop?

     
  • CaiusCosades posted at 4:16 pm on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

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    BTW the news article in regards is located here: http://www.hcn.org/issues/278/14887/print_view

     
  • CaiusCosades posted at 4:15 pm on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

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    I remember reading a news story about a man a few years back north of bonners ferry that came across a dead moose on the side of the road, he put it in his truck and brought it to his house and had a giant open BBQ where they served this moose for free to all the neighbors.

    Fish and Game found out about it and made this guy's life a living heII for a year or so costing him thousands in legal costs not to be found guilty of a crime.

    This is the sad sacks we have working for our Idaho govt.

     
  • Twin Lakes Redneck posted at 2:05 pm on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

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    why is every comments getting posted twice? why is every comments getting posted twice?

     
  • Mark on the Park posted at 1:06 pm on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

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    Reading comprehension would eliminate half of these comments. Although, sometimes even the dumbest comments are still humorous.

     
  • Twin Lakes Redneck posted at 11:26 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

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    why put the moose down in a way that wastes the meat? .22 in the ear would do the same thing and save the meat...

     
  • Twin Lakes Redneck posted at 11:23 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

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    why put the moose down in a way that wastes the meat? .22 in the ear would do the same thing and save the meat...

     
  • DJ posted at 10:43 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

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    Dam...none of the meat was usable because it was drugged?

     
  • DJ posted at 10:26 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

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    Poor Moose...Atleast I hope that the meat goes to several food banks..Moose is very tasty.

     
  • LTRLTR posted at 9:44 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

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    Always a very unfortunate accident whether there is an distraction or not.

     
  • LTRLTR posted at 9:43 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

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    Always a very unfortunate accident whether there is an distraction or not.

     
  • sherlock posted at 9:25 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

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    I was at the scene of the accicent and the moose came over the passenger side of the car from the side of the road. It was never in front of the vehicle. The driver never had a chance to see the animal. People who post comments should know the facts before they judge someone. He was devastated for hitting that animal.

    Tool is a much nicer name then i would use.

     
  • sherlock posted at 9:24 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

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    I was at the scene of the accicent and the moose came over the passenger side of the car from the side of the road. It was never in front of the vehicle. The driver never had a chance to see the animal. People who post comments should know the facts before they judge someone. He was devastated for hitting that animal.

    Tool is a much nicer name then i would use.

     
  • sherlock posted at 9:23 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

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    I was at the scene of the accicent and the moose came over the passenger side of the car from the side of the road. It was never in front of the vehicle. The driver never had a chance to see the animal. People who post comments should know the facts before they judge someone. He was devastated for hitting that animal.

    Tool is a much nicer name then i would use.

     
  • taboo1 posted at 9:01 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

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    How sad..awful...

     
  • ancientemplar posted at 8:23 am on Wed, Dec 5, 2012.

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    Yep, just like those trains that sneak up on those railroad crossings. I'd check to see if the guy had a smartphone.

     
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