moose sightings getting more and more rare,
Mid-Gunflint Trail residents have been delighted
to see a moose cow and calves hanging around the
Swamper Lake area. However, people were also
very concerned, as the baby moose were napping
in the road. Calls were made to Cook County Law
Enforcement, requesting that temporary caution
signs be erected warning motorists to slow down.
It isn’t exactly protocol to erect temporary
caution signs, but Sheriff Deputies Julie
Collman and Dave Gilmore agreed with citizens
that something should be done. The road by
Swamper Lake winds past the lake and around the
terrain. A vehicle could easily come around the
corner too fast and hit one of the little moose.
Deputy Gilmore contacted the Cook County
Highway Department and County Highway Supervisor
Russ Klegstad also agreed that something should
be done. Klegstad checked the highway
department’s sign inventory. All that was
available was the typical moose crossing sign
with a rendering of a big bull moose. Concerned
that a sign with an adult moose wouldn’t pull at
the heartstrings enough to slow traffic,
Klegstad and Gilmore added “BABY MOOSE” to the
yellow caution side.
Klegstad made the trip up the Gunflint Trail
last week to install the signs. He said he
wasn’t exactly sure where the deputies wanted
them—until he got out of his truck. “There were
moose tracks everywhere!”
In addition to the moose caution signs,
Klegstad placed a number of orange barriers
along the road leading up to the Swamper Lake
area to try to slow vehicles. Klegstad noted
that the scenic spot on the Gunflint Trail is
not just a hazard for the moose, but for the
many people that stop to watch them.
“It’s great to see them, but it really is a
terrible spot,” said Klegstad. He said he hopes
that the family eventually moves away from the
road. Until then though, the “Caution BABY
MOOSE” signs will be in place.
Drive carefully everyone!