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'Alaska State Troopers' Rescue A Trapped Moose Calf (VIDEO)


First Posted: 02/ 6/2012 3:33 am Updated: 02/ 6/2012 9:22 am

In many regards, it's a different world in Alaska. For most Americans, the sight of a moose trapped and bellowing in the front lawn would be completely unheard of. But it's just another day at the office for the "Alaska State Troopers" (Sun., 9 p.m. EST on National Geographic). Alaska Wildlife Trooper Scott Lanier got the call, and arrived at the scene alone to see a moose calf tangled in a dog run.

In the dark, and with the young animal crying out, Lanier warned the camera crew. "Just be on the lookout for a cow, 'cause I've had them charge me," he said matter-of-factly. "It's nothing for it to trample you." Moose cows can come in at 500-800 pounds, making the prospect of one charging, trying to protect her young a frightening thing to consider.

But Lanier calmly and confidently approached the animal and grabbed its trapped leg. After some tug-of-war with the moose to pull it back far enough to loosen the cable, the trooper was able to free it and it scurried off into the woods. It's certainly a far cry from squirrels in the attic or raccoons getting into the garage.

Expect the unexpected on "Alaska State Troopers" every Sunday at 9 p.m. EST on National Geographic.

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