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Moose rescued from Newman Lake put down

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NEWMAN LAKE, Wash. - The moose that was rescued from a then icy Newman Lake earlier this week had to be put down, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The moose, which was once thought to be capable of recovery, never ventured very far from where it was brought to shore by rescuers.

The moose was put down Thursday night around 5:30. Officials say the animal suffered damage to its hind-quarters, including severe bruising and internal injuries, in the initial process of struggling to free itself from the icy lake.

Authorities say there is no way to tell just how long the moose was in the frigid water before being spotted by a Newman Lake resident who notified the Spokane County Sheriff's Department.

Fish and Wildlife says that the stress incurred on a wild animal in a rescue situation can also play a role in the rehabilitation of the animal once the rescue is complete. The technical term for this stress is Capture Myopathy. Saving a dog that knows it's being rescued is different from saving a wild animal, says Fish and Wildlife. The wild animal does not know the intentions of its rescuers and physically and mentally panics causing stress that can, unfortunately, lead to the death of the animal.

The moose was picked up by the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council and the meat was given to the Union Gospel Mission.

Fish and Wildlife did not play a role in rescuing the moose, but was the department that put the moose down.  The department says the efforts of rescue crews were valiant.

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