METHUEN — A moose that wandered into the city overnight Friday and took a stroll down Jackson Street was struck by a minivan early yesterday morning and had to be euthanized by police.
The driver of the minivan was not injured in the collision, which occurred at 5:03 a.m. on Jackson Street near McKinley Avenue. But the moose could not stand again after being hit, and police believed its rear legs were paralyzed.
The officer who responded to the call euthanized the animal with his service weapon. The Department of Public Works picked up the carcass and took it to the city DPW yard until the state environmental police could inspect it.
Police Lt. Michael Wnek said the minivan had heavy front end damage. The officer on scene said in his report the moose was between 400 and 600 pounds.
Moose in Methuen are uncommon, but not unheard of, Wnek said. “Once a year we get a moose call, but usually it’s just a sighting,” he said.