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A moose sits in Boulder’s Columbia Cemetery on Sunday. On Monday, a moose was critically injured after a car hit it and was later put down. It’s not clear the moose that had to be killed was the same moose that was lounging in the cemetery. (Photo courtesy of Nico Toutenhoofd)
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One day after a photographer had snapped photos of a moose lounging in a Boulder cemetery, Boulder police were called Monday night to the intersection of Broadway and 27th Way concerning a critically injured moose, which they subsequently had to put down in a nearby parking lot.

It was not immediately known whether the moose that was killed was the same as the one photographed one day earlier by Nico Toutenhoofd about one mile away at Columbia Cemetery, 1201 Ninth St., which he had described as appearing to be a young female.

Boulder police spokesperson Laurie Ogden said a report indicated the moose had been hit by a car, but no information was available about the circumstances. The call to police came about 9:50 p.m.

“It (the collision) could have happened in a different jurisdiction or went unreported,” she wrote in an email.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Jason Clay on Monday had said his office had received reports of a moose in west Boulder, but did not see a need at that time to take any action.

“Being at lower elevations is not good for moose, as they can overheat,” Clay had said Monday. “But sometimes they just wander their way down following riparian areas and end up lower than what is ideal for them.”

Today, Clay confirmed that a wildlife officer had been contacted by phone by a Boulder police sergeant at the scene Monday night. After listening to the sergeant’s comments, the wildlife officer advised that the animal should be euthanized. A wildlife officer never actually saw the moose in person, Clay said.

While it is still not known that the moose that was killed on Monday is the same one seen at the cemetery the day before, Clay said “There’s a likelihood” they are one and the same, based on “just the fact that moose don’t come down all that often into Boulder.”

When they do, Clay said, it is often yearlings, as the one photographed Sunday appears to have been. On average, Clay said, records show about one report each year of a moose making it down into the metro area’s urban environment.

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