Moose points Burlington, Vt. police to alleged marijuana growing operation
The discovery was made as authorities were trying to usher the big animal out of a neighborhoodUPDATED 5:59 AM HST Apr 30, 2013Video Transcript
BURLINGTON ARE ON THE LOOKOUT -- AFTER A SERIES OF MOOSE SIGHTINGS. THE BIG ANIMALS HAVE BEEN SPOTTED IN DEVELOPED AREAS -- NOT JUST THE RURAL PLACES YOU'D EXPECT. AND IN ONE CASE -- IT SEEMS A MOOSE ACTUALLY TURNED INTO SOMETHING OF A CRIME-FIGHTER. NEWSCHANNEL 5' JACK THURSTON EXPLAINS. At the Vintage Inspired Marketplace in Burlington Vermont-- antique dealer Mary Heinrich Aloi had a truly wild encounter this weekend. A moose lumbered through the entrance to her parking lot. State and local officials tried guiding it away from people and traffic. The animal's trek pointed police quite by accident to a shed investigators say was housing more than 30 marijuana plants. They arrested the resident of this house, accusing him of pot possession. Colonel Dave LeCours is Vermont's chief warden-- for the fish and wildlife department. While he can't remember other moose chases leading to drug busts-- he does say May and June are the busiest time for moose on the move. Shelburne homeowner Jane Shearer shot this video of a moose on her patio-- right outside her window. Animal experts say visits like this could be because year- old moose are now leaving their mothers, and don't have the older animals to guide them. So they find traveling by road an easy way to get around, and can end up getting stuck in residential areas confused about how to get out. He asks drivers to watch out for moose on the roadways in the next few weeks-- to avoid dangerous crashes like this. As for the moose police say ended up tipping them off to the marijuana operation-- wardens ushered the animal away from the developed area-- toward the woods. In Burlington, Jack Thurston, NC 5.