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Environmental Police officers tranquilize moose spotted near I-190 in Worcester

Massachusetts Environmental Police
Massachusetts Environmental Police officials worked to sedate a moose in Worcester Wednesday night.

A wandering moose spotted near Interstate 190 in Worcester on Wednesday was safely tranquilized and relocated, Massachusetts Environmental Police said.

The male moose was first reported to police around 4:50 p.m. Wednesday in the area of 79 Ararat St., which is near a bridge crossing I-190 in north Worcester.

Officials decided to respond based on the animal’s proximity to the highway, and its size — “in excess of 800 pounds,” Environmental Police said in a Facebook post.

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Environmental Police officers “specially trained in the chemical immobilization of animals” responded to the scene, police said. Officers sighted the moose there around 5:45 p.m., and successfully sedated the moose by around 6:15 p.m., Environmental Police spokeswoman Katie Gronendyke said in an e-mail.

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State Police temporarily closed ramps to I-190 during the operation, and the Worcester fire department assisted in transporting the immobilized animal to an Environmental Police vehicle for transportation out of Worcester, Gronendyke said.

Following the sedation, the moose “was taken to a wooded area in Central Massachusetts, where it successfully recovered from the immobilization agent,” Gronendyke said.

Massachusetts Environmental Police
The moose immobilized by Massachusetts Environmental Police Wednesday night.

Ben Thompson can be reached at ben.thompson@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Globe_Thompson