January 12, 2016 Deerfield, N.H. The moose population is declining now and to see one in distress is disquieting especially if it can be helped. Conservation officer Mike Matson was investigating a report of a Moose that had been chased and fallen on the ice that was unable to get back up. fearing he would have to put the animal down permanently he proceeded with caution.The animal laid on the sheet of ice in the Deerfield fairgrounds on Tuesday morning and Officer Matson had originally feared that the animal ad a broken hip from her fall when she was chased by a dog.
Apparently he had learned later that someone had been walking their dog off leash and the dog chased the Moose across the ice where the animal lost it’s footing and fell. Thankfully the dog did not attack the Moose as it was down but there it remained, subject to attack by other predatory animals that would eventually kill it.
Matson carefully approached the downed animal and it showed signs of agitation as he did so. He proceeded to agitate it more by clapping his hands and that eventually motivated the Moose enough to get up. “Trying to motivate her to get up, she got very angry with me and she was able to gather the strength to stand up and then we backed off,” Matson said.
Although the Moose collapsed a second time on the icy surface she was able to get up and eventually Matson saw her off to the wooded area.
“We’ve got such a low population of moose in the state compared to previous years, so the moose calls have been down,”Matson said. He added the moose involved in Tuesday’s mishap appeared to be about 2 1/2 years old and in good health. “She looks great,” he said. “She just had a bad day on theice.”