Dead moose found in Oregon suffered broken limbs and antlers, as well as torn hides, probably from an avalanche, state Fish and Wildlife officials say.
Some hikers in Oregon recently found 19 dead moose, that state Fish and game officials say were probably the victim of an avalanche.
The hikers made the discovery last week near No Name Lake and Broken Top mountain, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said.
Melting snow turned out to be the elk carcasses, which included bulls, cows and calves, wildlife biologist Jamie Bowles said, according to the Bulletin of Bend, Ore.
19 dead moose that have recently emerged from melting snow above No Name Lake in the vicinity of Broken Top were the victim of an avalanche, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. https://t.co/l5YwtMvrgC
— The Bulletin (@thebulletin) August 14, 2018
“It was really distressing to see in person,” Bowles told the newspaper.
The moose suffered broken limbs and antlers, as well as torn hides of the avalanche. Their bodies were twisted and distorted.
Bowles said that it was not clear when the avalanche took place, but believes that it will probably last summer after the winter of 2016-17, when the area had a record amount of snowfall.
The wildlife biologist told the newspaper that, based on the region’s researchers have been able to study, it is rare for a moose to get stuck in the snowdrifts, but he noted it can take place in more remote areas.
Bowles said the moose will not be removed as it is unnecessary and dangerous.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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