By Gordon Lambie
Tuesday brought a bit of a different morning for those living on Heneker Street in Sherbrooke, when an adult moose made its way into the neighbourhood and took a dip in a backyard pool.
Sherbrooke Police spokesperson Martin Carrier told The Record that a call came in around 8:30 a.m. about a moose on Portland Boulevard, but that by the time the responding officers tracked down the animal it had made its way to 245 Heneker and into a backyard swimming pool.
Police officers were on site for much of the morning to monitor both the moose and the small collection of neighbours who gathered around the property to see the animal.
The moose was tranquilized using a dart around 10 a.m. and slowly transferred to a trailer to be returned to the wilderness.
Carrier said that it was not clear whether reports of a moose near the Triolet High School around 4 a.m. and those of a sighting on King West around 5 a.m. were all of the same animal, but said that great care was taken in the interaction to ensure that neither the people in the neighbourhood nor the animal were injured.