A moose drowned after tourists crowded the animal trying to take pictures, forcing it into a lake in Vermont where it became exhausted and then drowned.
The animal had swum across Lake Champlain from New York to South Hero, Vermont, but a crowd gathered to snap photographs after it emerged on shore.
Officials believe it became spooked and threatened and returned to the water – where it became tired, and then drowned.
Wildlife officials told the public to keep their distance from animals.
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Fish and Wildlife Warden Robert Currier told AP that wardens arrived when the animal was already struggling, and were waiting for a boat.
Currier said, ‘t was struggling pretty good at that point. We were waiting for a boat to respond to try to assist it, but before the boat arrived, it had drowned.
‘It was really rough out there, probably 4- to 5-foot swells and high wind.
‘I would advise the public to keep their distance from the animal, give it a lot of space and notify the Department of Fish and Wildlife.’