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Moose on the Move -- Shows Up At Safe Haven

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The area's unlikely four-legged visitor is on the move.  Bismarck's infamous guest is now Mandan's.  

The Central Dakota Humane Society is known to be expert at match-making.  Day in and out, they pair dogs and cats with their new humans.  But homeless critters don't usually arrive on their own -- until now.  "That's okay.  He can come here," says Sue Buchholz, Shelter Manager, Central Dakota Humane Society.

An unlikely client appears in an apparent effort to solicit some of that free match making assistance for himself.  "We never know day to day what's going to happen, and we're cleaning this morning and the dogs are having a fit, so we look out the window and we have -- a moose on our property," says Buchholz.

A what?

"A moose on our property"

Mike-the-Moose, as he's affectionately called, is likely looking for other-than-human companionship.  The young bull moose is probably on the prowl for a girlfriend, though it's unusual for frisky males to be this far South.  "He's obviously a very smart moose.  He knows where to come for a little R&R."

Which is exactly what he might need.  Mike crossed the Missouri River and was spotted earlier dripping wet on the beach around Heskett Power Plant near Mandan.  He seems unbothered by humans -- and dogs.

Perhaps he senses this is a safe refuge with plenty of grub -- or perhaps he's holding out hope those match-making abilities will be put to use -- for him.  

But is the Humane Society up for the task?  "This is our first moose," they report.

In addition to extending their hospitality to Mike the Moose -- or Steve, as they call him -- the Central Dakota Humane Society is planning an extension of their own.  The Board will soon unveil a capital campaign to raise money for their growing operation -- in case any more moose show up.


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