JEWELL COUNTY, Kan. (WDAF) — Residents in northwest Kansas are ringing in the new year with a rare wildlife spotting — a moose traveling south through the state.
“What a way to kick off 2020!” Christina Ray-Strutt wrote in a Facebook post.
Video posted on her Facebook page shows the moose running through farm fields and across a rural road. Others, including Caleb Mahin and the Kansas Wildlife, Parks & Tourism Game Wardens, captured the animal on trail cameras along the Republican River.
Another trail camera found the moose a little farther from the river northwest of Belleville.
The animal followed the river down into Kansas from Nebraska, according to a report by KSNT. It’s the first time a moose has been confirmed in the state since the 1980s.
Officials warn that if you do see a moose, to not approach it and be mindful of people’s property, according to the report. They also remind people that it is illegal to hunt moose in Kansas.
“What a beautiful creature!” Ray-Strutt wrote. “Happy New Year to all our family and friends!!”