A moose, perhaps tired from traveling, enjoyed a leisurely morning Friday in the Fairways Meadows neighborhood of town.
A lot of people had a lot of fun watching it, too.
Rich Jones, of Bent Grass Drive, said he and his wife, Thea, watched the animal cross their yard from Johnson Road. The male moose then crossed Bent Grass Drive and Staniak Road before turning around and making itself comfortable in a yard between those two roads.
Sandy McBride, of nearby McBride Road, was tipped off about the moose on the loose and joined other curious onlookers in checking out the visitor.
“Funny thing was that the school bus went through, and the driver stopped so the kids could see him,” McBride said. “They were all screaming and yelling, and the moose just laid there, ignoring them.”
Other youngsters used binoculars to get a look at the moose from a safe distance.
Professional photographer Eileen Pickett Kivlin said a friend who lives in Fairways Meadows called her and said, “Grab your camera and get over here quick.” Kivlin lives about three miles away and did get there to capture some of the action. And inaction.
Jones said sheriff’s deputies kept an eye on the moose until state Department of Environmental Conservation officials arrived. After about a two-hour nap, Jones said, the moose finally got up and started moving.
McBride and Kivlin said DEC personnel and deputies helped steer the juvenile moose across Staniak Road, then it disappeared into the woods of Staniak Hollow.
McBride also said people in the crowd said a moose matching this one’s description was spotted Thursday evening in Hemstreet Park, across the Hudson River from Mechanicville and about two miles from the Fairways neighborhood.