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Forum staff reports, Published September 11 2012

Moose found dead near train tracks in north Fargo

FARGO – The remains of a large male moose discov-ered today near BNSF railroad tracks in north Fargo will be analyzed, but it’s not immediately clear why the animal died, said Doug Leier, a biologist with the North Dakota Game and Fish Depart-ment.

Leier said it’s possible the moose died from a collision with a train, but there were no overt indications a train may have been involved other than the animal’s proximity to the tracks.

Leier said the animal was found south of the North Dakota State University animal barns and west of NDSU’s main campus.

Moose sightings have been reported in the area since April.

Leier said while it was impossible to say whether the animal found near the tracks was the same moose that has been around for most of the summer, he said it most likely was.

Game and fish officials said the moose, which had been sticking close to a corn field, had given the appearance of being in ill health and it may bave had an injured leg for most of the summer.

In addition, they said, corn is not an optimal food source for moose.