Jan 9, 2009 09:15 PM Jan 9, 2009 SPOKANE - A North Spokane family had an unwelcome guest pay their home a visit Thursday night when a young moose broke one of their windows and came crashing into their basement.
The moose is one of three moose seen in Tony Mantese's neighborhood over the last several days. Only on Thursday night he saw the moose running around the neighborhood right before he heard the crash of the moose barreling into his basement.
"It's kind of a unique call," Mike Wharton with the Department of Fish and Wildlife said. "At first we weren't sure it was a legitimate call."
The call was unique because the moose fell into a window well, broke through a glass window and ended up in Tony Mantese's basement.
"It's the first time this happened in my career that we have had one that actually ended up inside a home," Wharton said.
Nobody knows what he was doing there but Fish and Wildlife says he was playing a game of chase with a neighborhood dog right before he was found in the Mantese basement.
"He was running all through the neighborhood and I saw him going through the back yard and heard a crash," Mantese said.
Once the moose ended up in the basement, it was up to Fish and Wildlife to get him out, which turned out to be a bit of a difficult task.
"We tranquilized it and with sheer man power we were able to lift it out of the basement," Wharton said.
The moose turned out to be OK and was released to the custody of the Mount Spokane veterinarian. And as far as Tony Mantese and his family are concerned the only harm done was to their basement window.
"It's kind of a once in a million thing and it just happened to me I guess," he said.
The two other moose seen in the neighborhood were found Friday morning and taken to safety.
Fish and Wildlife officials say they see a lot more wildlife in town this time of year looking for food. Tori Brunetti / KXLY4 Anchor / Reporter
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