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Moose on the loose: Bull moose spotted in Billings

Moose walking along canal in Billings
Posted at 5:50 PM, Oct 10, 2022

BILLINGS — A moose is on the loose in Billings.

On Saturday, Laura Porter was making her way to Interstate 90 to head out to the Beartooth Pass.

Porter is an avid wildlife photographer and was hoping to see some animals once she arrived.

But she didn't have to travel far.

"I came over that hill coming towards the Zoo Drive exit, and I saw this big black thing in the field," Porter recalls. "I thought this has got to be either a cow or a bear, but it was so big."

But it wasn't a cow or bear—it was a moose.

Luckily Porter had her camera with her and she was able to snap a photo of the moose.

Moose in a field near Zoo Drive in Billings
Moose in a field near Zoo Drive in Billings

“It’s so exciting anytime you get to see wildlife out and about," Porter says.

Porter spends extra time volunteering at ZooMontana and has a tip for wildlife encounters.

“Definitely keep your distance. There’s very few wildlife that I would say get up and touch it," Porter warns.

But the moose sightings didn't end Saturday.

Many Billings residents near Rocky Mountain College reported seeing this moose running around near a canal.

“I was feeding the ducks this morning. It was early, and all of a sudden this male moose just came running along here," Suzanne Erpenbach says. "He just stopped for a moment and looked at me, and then trotted along his way."

Suzanne and her husband Larry have lived in this home for almost 20 years.

“We see deer, and we’ve seen raccoons and a fox, but no moose,” Erpenbach says.

MTN News went out and found the moose in a yard near 16th Street West and Colton Boulevard.

Neighbors were in awe and could be seen capturing photos and videos from a distance.

Billings Police Lt. Matt Lennick says that police are hoping the moose will make its way out of town on its own, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks was closed Monday due to the holiday.

Until the moose can make its way home, wildlife officials recommend keeping your distance and never approaching wild animals. A Fish, Wildlife and Parks spokesperson said she would speak with MTN News further about the incident Tuesday.

“He was so beautiful. He was stunning," Erpenbach says. "I was just upset because I didn’t take a picture."