MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Members of the Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department needed to rescue a moose after it fell through ice Monday morning.

According to the fire department, the moose fell through the ice 100 yards from the shore on Hungry Jack Lake in East Cook, which is just south of the Canadian border.

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Visit Cook County said the moose was a young female. Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Department Chief Jim Morrison, Bob McCloughan of Bearskin Lodge and Dave Seaton of Hungry Jack outfitters rescued her.

They pulled the moose from the hole and “it took some ‘mooseology’ to coax it away from the hole and thin ice and back to shore.”

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“We had to try a few different angles,” Seaton said. “It took a while, a little encouragement, before she caught her breath and as able to walk herself to shore.”

Seaton said it is uncommon to see moose on the lake in winter, and it is likely the moose was chased onto the lake by wolves.

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(credit: Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Dept.)

(credit: Gunflint Trail Volunteer Fire Dept.)