July 24, 2008

Moose moves along to Evergreen
By Pamela Lawson

Gianna Vinci’s fascination with moose began a month ago when her family traveled to Yellowstone National Park and she saw one of the lanky creatures there.

The Evergreen toddler’s interest was reinforced when her mother, Patty, bought a children’s book about Orville the Moose — whose antlers were loose — at a gift shop in the park. The book has been favorite reading at the Vinci home ever since.

But Gianna’s desire to see a moose in Evergreen seemed an unlikely wish until the family drove right by one July 20 on their way to Summerfest.

“My 2-year-old has been saying, ‘Mama, I want to see a moose,’ and I have said, ‘They don’t live here,’ ” Patty recalls. “And then I was like, ‘There’s one!’ ”

The Vinci family (with dad Chris at the wheel) were traveling along Evergreen Parkway when they saw the moose in Elk Meadow about 10:45 a.m. Sunday. They drove past it, then turned around to capture the rare image with their camera.

“There were people pulled (off the road) all over the place,” Patty said. “It was surreal to see this moose in the valley.”

The moose, which appeared young and smaller in size than a typical adult, could very well be the same moose that has mesmerized mountain area folks from Pine to Evergreen the last few weeks as it moseyed along.

A moose of similar stature was reported in Pine in early July, and a man who spotted it in the Woodside subdivision also snapped a picture.

Contact staff writer Pamela Lawson at Pamela@evergreenco.com

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