Moose calves fatally injured in College Place crash

The calves were struck while officers tried to direct them to safety.


COLLEGE PLACE -- Two moose calves were struck by a vehicle Wednesday as local law enforcement officers attempted to direct the animals to safety.

The crash occurred about 6:40 p.m. along College Avenue near State Route 125, according to a Walla Walla County Sheriff's report.

The Sheriff's Office was called to assist College Place Police in rounding up a cow moose and her calves, which were roaming near the 1700 block of South College Avenue.

The calves and moose were heading south when the cow split from the calves, according to the report. The calves, meanwhile, headed north and crossed College Avenue about a block from State Route 125.

Chester Hansen, 66, of Walla Walla, struck the calves as he was heading south. One calf was down in the road, while the other wandered into a field to the west. A Department of Fish and Wildlife employee arrived to put the injured calves down. The cow moose remains at large.


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