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Moose drowns in Vermont after to be haunted by the onlookers snapping photos

The moose in Lake Champlain in South Hero, Vt. Wildlife officials said the animal had crossed the lake and made it to the coast, but went back into the water, probably feeling threatened, and drowned.

(AP)

A moose drowned in a Vermont lake in the weekend after people who are trying to snap a picture of the animal pressed and forced into the water, flora, fauna, officials said.

The moose swam across Lake Champlain from New York to South Hero, Vermont, on Saturday, according to officials. After the animal to the shore, spectators started taking pictures of it. Probably chased and threatened, went back into the water, where it was exhausted and then drowned.

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The Fish and Wildlife Warden Robert Currier told The Associated Press that he arrived shortly before the moose drowned and was later removed from the lake.

“It was wrestling pretty well at that point. We are waiting for a boat to respond to try to help, but before the boat arrived, it had drowned,” he said. “It was really rough there, probably 4 to 5 foot swells and high winds.”

It all happened near a bike path that is popular with tourists.

Currier said moose typically respond to threats by leaving a area, or are aggressive.

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“I would advise the public to keep their distance from the animal, give plenty of space and knowledge of the Department of Fish and Wildlife,” he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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