MARQUETTE - Marquette City Police were monitoring the presence of a cow and calf moose at Presque Isle Park today, hoping the public will stay away from the animals.
"There's no law enforcement action at this time," said Marquette City Police Det. Capt. Gordon Warchock. "We're monitoring the situation."
Police were urging the public to stay safely away from the animals. The two moose were photographed Tuesday at the park. City park officials did not know how long the animals have been there.
Like other wild animals, adult moose will often act aggressively in defense of their young.
Warchock said as long people stay away from the moose, Warchock said the animals will likely leave the area on their own.
In August, a young bull moose was relocated from Presque Isle Park by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and city of Marquette parks and police personnel, after police had received numerous reports of traffic and public safety concerns.
Park visitors were stopping to photograph the animal and, in some cases, try to touch it, presenting what police called "a clear public safety hazard."
Biologists immobilized the moose with a tranquilizer dart. The animal was then loaded into a truck and moved to state land north of Marquette, where it was released.
Over a two-week period, police had asked the public to stay away from the moose. But despite those efforts, park visitors continued to approach the animal, causing the animal stress and creating the public safety hazard.
John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.