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Idaho Man and Moose Collide at Intersection

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COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho driver was shaken and a yearling bull moose was badly injured after the two collided in a busy Coeur d’Alene intersection.

The Coeur d’Alene Press (http://bit.ly/UFC4zX ) reports Ray Theander was driving his 1997 Hyundai about 25 miles per hour Tuesday morning when the 700-pound moose jumped in front of him, crumpling the hood and covering the windshield.

The animal wandered to the yard of a nearby house, where it was tranquilized by Idaho Department of Fish and Game workers. Department manager Jim Hayden said the animal had a broken leg and internal injuries, and had to be put down.

Hayden says encounters between moose and humans have become more common, with the department responding to several moose accidents each year.

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