Another Home Invasion!


September 20, 2003, 01:33 PM
After hearing crash, Valley woman finds moose in basement
911: Troopers have to shoot animal after it breaks its leg charging a window.

Anchorage Daily News

(Published: September 20, 2003)
The Alaska State Troopers tried everything they could think of to get the moose out of Josephine Didiano's basement.

Didiano, 48, discovered the animal in her house on Thursday, around 7:30 a.m., troopers said. She had heard a crash downstairs and went to see what was the matter.

"There was a moose standing there," said Lt. Randy Hahn, who spoke with the homeowner. "She slammed the door, went back upstairs and called 911."

When troopers arrived at Didiano's house, in a subdivision between Palmer and Wasilla, they found the yearling moose standing in the corner of her roughly 1,000 square foot basement.

The moose had apparently smashed through a basement window that was 6 inches to a foot off the ground, said wildlife enforcement trooper Sgt. Mark Agnew, who responded along with three other troopers. He theorized that maybe the yearling had seen its reflection or had fallen through the window accidentally.

"I don't think anybody actually saw him break the window, so we don't know for sure how it happened," Agnew said.

The moose had a few cuts and appeared disoriented, Agnew said.

For the next hour or so, troopers tried to figure out a way to get the animal out of the house. They called state Fish and Game officials to see if they could tranquilize the yearling, but there were no drugs available, Agnew said. Troopers opened all the doors and tried to leave the moose alone, but he wouldn't budge, Agnew said. They tried to prod him out of his corner and toward a door, but "he would charge us every time we got near him," Agnew said.

After many unsuccessful attempts, troopers asked the homeowner if they could break the window in the corner where the moose was standing. They figured if they could get behind him, they might be able to get him to move, Agnew said. Didiano said OK. "She wanted him out of the house," Agnew said.

The window in question had two sections. Troopers smashed the section they thought would be least expensive to replace.

"I was in the window hollering and screaming," Agnew said. The moose turned around and charged. It hit the section of the window that was still intact and shattered it, he said.

The yearling also broke its right front leg, at which point troopers thought the best action was to shoot the animal, Agnew said.

"We were pretty bummed," he said. "We tried everything."

The moose was removed from the house and given to charity. Lt. Hahn didn't have a dollar estimate on the damages to Didiano's basement, but said they were extensive. Besides the windows, the moose had also stomped various items on the floor and a heat register, he said.

Didiano could not be reached for comment Friday.

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El Tejon
September 20, 2003, 01:37 PM
Bummed???:confused: About what?

It's a critter! Kill it, you hairy-chested rugged individualist.:rolleyes:

Does moose taste like chicken?:D

Mark Tyson
September 20, 2003, 01:47 PM
Hunting is one thing, but this is a rather ignominious way for a proud animal like the moose to die. I've obviously nothing against killing animals for utility or sport, but it would bother me a little to waste the thing in my basement. Still, it was the only way.

September 20, 2003, 04:38 PM
A moose bit my sister.

September 21, 2003, 09:23 AM
Did you ask the moose if your sister tasted like chicken? :D :D :D

September 21, 2003, 09:41 AM
Somewhere in this story is probably some "stopping-power" :banghead: data for glock launched .40cal vs yearling moose.

September 21, 2003, 10:07 AM
i would've saved the troopers the time and hassel by shooting it myself.... i bet yearling moose is like veal.....

4v50 Gary
September 21, 2003, 12:20 PM
She's complaining about home-delivery? Most hunters have to hunt for their food. :rolleyes:

September 21, 2003, 12:54 PM
They didn't mention a husband.
Hope his name isn't Rocky.

Wonder if they gonna check the moose inna hoos's blood for THC ?



September 21, 2003, 01:08 PM
Wonder if they gonna check the moose inna hoos's blood for THC?

huh?? whats THC?

September 21, 2003, 01:10 PM
Alaska's new state flower. :D


September 21, 2003, 03:40 PM
TCH is the active indredient of Mary Jane.

El Tejon
September 21, 2003, 03:44 PM
Rope, hemp, 13, grass, dope, pot, Canada's finest, etc.

"Mr. Moose, you are hereby charged with the offense of 'Being a Yummy Critter While Having a Controlled Substance in Your Blood Or Metabolites.' How do you plead?":D

September 21, 2003, 03:45 PM
LOL sam, ok, thanks for the explanation. darn thing pry just had the munchies.

Brian Dale
September 21, 2003, 03:49 PM
-No, Really!

Why not trei a vacation in Swe^H^H^H Alaska this year?

September 22, 2003, 01:17 AM
i would've saved the troopers the time and hassel by shooting it myself...

Purely in self-defense, of course. (Hmm, any duty to retreat in one's own home in Alaska, or does the "castle doctrine" apply?)

Sig Line? What Sig Line? I have a Glock, not a Sig.

September 22, 2003, 12:11 PM
a yearling moose can hardly be called a 'proud animal'. those dang things are so clumsy and awkward.

Brian Dale
September 22, 2003, 12:54 PM
Nope, it would have been wrong to keep it in the basement for a couple of months and feed it on grain and porridge - can't do something like that. I'd never recommend that. It strikes me that perhaps calling in a couple of cowboys might have been more useful than calling the Troopers. Even though state troopers are just about the finest at what they do, they don't necessarily get a lot of practice handling large quadrupeds.

Totally illegal and probably immoral to hold on to the little guy, feed him, and have "Christmas Moose" instead of a Christmas goose.

Never recommend something like that; nosirree, not me, I'd never do that. Bad Idea, Happy Bob. :evil:

September 22, 2003, 01:00 PM
Hmmm, interesting thought....

Of course, if you're going to feed him you might as well get him saddle broke as well...

There's actually a guy trying to get permission to open a "moose ranch" up here. He's appealing some stupid federal law that says you can't raise or sell native game animals for profit.


September 22, 2003, 01:01 PM
tastes like veal! :evil: i wonder how it would go over if you attempted to start a moose farm with feeder calfs and the whole nine yards?

September 22, 2003, 01:20 PM
There was a case of a deer that jumped througha patio window here in town, they finally had to kill the deer.
My brother in law is an insurence adjuster he got the case and the damages were in excessof $250,000, a very expensive deer.

September 22, 2003, 01:32 PM
My brother in law is an insurence adjuster he got the case and the damages were in excessof $250,000

Did they kill it with a cruise missile?


September 22, 2003, 01:44 PM
Does moose taste like chicken?
Tastes like what it eats- that is, the bottom of a swamp.

Now, another thing.

September 22, 2003, 01:48 PM
A MOOSE!!!!:what:

Geez, sort of makes me think about how inadequate my little ole' .45 house gun seems.

9mm my butt.
12 gauge buck probably not.
.223, probably not
7.62x39, nope
30-06 ahhh ok, nevermind I am ready for a Moose Invasion. The Garand should do nicely.


September 22, 2003, 01:50 PM
A moose bit my sister.

Was she carving her initials into the moose at the time?

Brian Dale
September 22, 2003, 02:31 PM
It's a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

September 22, 2003, 02:31 PM
It sure is.

September 22, 2003, 02:59 PM
No! this was a 3 mil house! one painting that the deer destroyed was $75,000

September 22, 2003, 03:58 PM
I wonder if the moose was trained to mix concrete and sign complicated insurance forms

September 22, 2003, 04:51 PM
i talked with someone recently who claimed he killed a moose in his yard that was trampling his dog with a .22lr.
but i'd rather use something with a little more 'ooomph'. a 8mm round should do nicely. :D

Dave P
September 22, 2003, 05:17 PM
Spaceman, I know y'all are a little flacky up there after those long dark winters, but why did your buddy let a moose in his yard with a .22lr? A little to much THC?? :D

CR: you must not really be as old as you pretent to be, if you know all about THC and cannibanol stuff!

September 22, 2003, 05:48 PM
thats what you get with open-carry being legal. :D

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