EAST WENATCHEE — A lone moose was spotted south of East Wenatchee this week.
Jason Krawczyk of East Wenatchee photographed the moose in an orchard on Sunday. The animal was still in the orchard later this week.
Sgt. Dan Klump with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife said he has received a few reports of the animal. He said moose occasional wander from far eastern Washington, across the Waterville Plateau and into the Wenatchee Valley.
He said he can track the moose’s progress through public calls the wildlife office gets. Moose usually swim across the Columbia River to the Wenatchee side, then head up the valley toward Leavenworth. From there, they either go up the Icicle Valley or the Chumstick Valley and disappear into the forest.
Klump said lone wandering moose are looking for a mate and can travel long distances to find one.
A moose wandered through the Briarwood subdivision in East Wenatchee last year, even going into a yard to drink from a pond.
A week earlier, two moose were seen in Rock Island and near Pangborn Memorial Airport. In 2008, a moose strolled through the Macy’s parking lot at the Wenatchee Valley Mall. Three moose were spotted that year.