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Mitchell's first moose sighting on record

A moose was on the loose Monday morning in Mitchell, a first for the Davison County city. The moose was spotted approximately at 9 a.m. near the Lakeview Golf Course. Law enforcement from the Mitchell Police Division and South Dakota Department o...

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Members of the Game, Fish & Parks Department wait along West Harmon Drive where in response to reports of a moose sighting Monday morning near Lake Mitchell. (Matt Gade / Republic)

A moose was on the loose Monday morning in Mitchell, a first for the Davison County city.

The moose was spotted approximately at 9 a.m. near the Lakeview Golf Course. Law enforcement from the Mitchell Police Division and South Dakota Department of Game, Fish & Parks responded and were successful in moving the moose northward and away from the city.

According to Andy Petersen, a GF&P conservation officer in Mitchell, approximately 10 officers assisted in guiding the moose north. The moose was officially outside city limits by approximately 1:30 p.m.

"It was something different," Petersen said.

Petersen said this was the first moose sighting on record in Mitchell.

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