- It's an event that is rare in the Northwoods and can easily happen with other animals such as deer. But not as potentially life threatening.
A driver crashed into a moose on a rural Oneida County roadway last night near Monico.
Since 2006...3 moose have been involved in car accidents in the Northwoods. The last one happened back in 2009.
Wildlife Biologist Jeremy Holtz thinks there's good evidence the moose struck last night could be the often seen Monico Moose.
He says there are only about 6 to 8 moose that frequent the Northeast part of the state.
The moose hit last night was a female weighing nearly 600-pounds. Conclusions can be drawn based on pictures and the animals tracks.
"See the size, it's a pretty good sized track, definitely bigger than a deer. They are related to deer, so this general shape is similar except that their toes kind of curve a little bit more. It's a very strong likelihood that this is what we've been calling the Monico Moose which people have been reported seeing in that same area." Holtz also says moose can cover short spans very quickly with their large size and can sometimes take a driver by surprise.
"As much as it seems obvious to us when we are not behind the wheel, when it actually happens, probably even as you see it coming or see it happening there isn't much you can do about it. My reccommendation to folks if they are put in the way where there is an animal coming, don't swerve." Holtz says steer straight and slow down.
The moose from last night's accident died. But the woman driving amazingly survived without injury.
When rare animal deaths on Wisconsin roadways happen, the animal can be sold by the DNR. The moose fetched a price tag of $262.50 to a passer-by on the road.
RHINELANDER - For better or worse, drivers in Rhinelander will get an extra week to use the Davenport Street bridge. The city's contractor for its downtown reconstruction project delayed closing the bridge for repairs to May 8th.
Crews first planned to close the bridge in mid-April, then pushed that back to May 1 due to weather. Now, weather has further delaying the month-long repairs to the concrete decking.
This is part of a larger project to finish up the downtown reconstruction, which began in March 2016. The city reconstructed 21 blocks, replacing underground utilities and modernizing the downtown area.
ANTIGO - Pushups, wall sits, and sit ups may sound like a tough workout for most of us. But dozens of kids from the Boys and Girls Club of Langlade County did that and more as part of a national fitness competition Friday afternoon.
Boys and Girls Clubs from around the country are teaming up to help kids become more active with the Nestlé's National Fitness Competition.
MINOCQUA - Police officers often meet people on their worst days: after a death, crime, or other bad situations. The Minocqua Police Department hopes some unpaid additions to their staff can help victims, families, and officers cope with those situations a little better.
The department is looking to add a team of clergy members to form a chaplain program. The chaplains would be on call and show up to scenes when needed. Chief David Jaeger had been considering the idea for a while when he heard about police in Oneida County using the same program.
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