What To Do If You Wake Up To A Moose, Which Is A Thing That Actually Happens

By Kayleigh Roberts

A homeowner in Hailey, Idaho woke up to quite a surprise when she found a moose in her basement. And no, this moose wasn't making an ill-conceived career change to cat burglary; it just accidentally broke into a woman's house. Seriously.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports that the cow moose fell through an unlatched window into Julie Emerick's basement. The moose entered the basement at 2:30 a.m. and Idaho Department of Fish and Game and law enforcement officers reportedly spent several hours trying to get the animal to walk upstairs before a Fish and Game officer arrived with a tranquilizer dart gun at 5:30 a.m.

Once darted, it took eight officers to get the 600-pound moose onto a tarp and out of the basement.

"With a lot of grunting and groaning they got her up the stairs and out the door," Emerick told the Idaho Mountain Express. "Fifteen or 20 minutes later, she got up and ran off."

Emerick insisted the moose was actually a pretty great houseguest (minus a few bathroom-related accidents).

"She was absolutely the most polite, gracious beast that you could have in your house," Emerick said.

And just in case you think waking up to a moose who accidentally stumbled into your basement is a total fluke, know that it isn't—at least not in Idaho. A similar story was reported in Hailey in December 2015. So, you know, forward this news to all of your friends in Idaho, STAT.