It was quite the sight for a woman new to a northeast Calgary neighbourhood: a moose chomping on the crab apples in her front yard.
Amy-Lynn Schrammel just moved to the area along Goddard Avenue and was shocked to see the animal two feet from her window on Wednesday.
“I have never seen a moose in my life, never mind in the inner city,” Schrammel said.
“It’s actually really exciting. I think I took 100 pictures.”
It’s like wildlife gave her a housewarming.
“I’m taking it as a great omen,” Schrammel said.
She kept her distance from the moose and then observed him walking over to her neighbour’s property to nap on the grass.
“Everybody needs a nap after a good meal,” Schrammel said with a laugh.
She called 311 and Fish and Wildlife, but never got through. Then, she tried 911 twice but said she didn’t see anyone attend her call about the animal.
Schrammel hopes the moose is taken care of and people heed its boundaries.
This isn’t the first time a moose has been spotted in the area. Over the past couple of days, several people have reported seeing a moose in the neighbourhood — but it’s unclear whether it’s the same one.
Another moose sighting
There was another moose sighting in the northeast community of Bridgeland on Thursday.
WATCH: A moose made its way into Bridgeland Thursday morning – the second moose sighting in as many days. Joel Senick explains how wildlife officers want the public to act when one of the animals ventures into the city.
Around 10 a.m. Kyle Lester, an Alberta Fish and Wildlife officer, said he received numerous calls about a moose on the loose.
According to Lester, this moose appeared to be a young calf that had probably lost its mother and was looking for a new home.
Paul Wiebe, a resident of the area, said he often sees wildlife in the neighbourhood and enjoyed observing the moose Thursday morning.
“I love seeing them like this. I just love them and they’re really neat,” Wiebe said.
Lester said that though moose are generally gentle creatures, people should still maintain a distance of about 100 feet.
“Number one thing is: do not approach the moose, they’re wildlife, you don’t know what they’re going to do or how they’re going to react,” Lester said.
Fish and Wildlife officers could not confirm that the two sightings were of the same moose.
— With files from Alannah Page and Joel Senick