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Moose smashes through door at Northern B.C. school board office

A moose gave staff at School District 60 a shock Thursday afternoon after it smashed through the doors of the board office in Fort St. John.
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A moose gave staff at School District 60 a shock Thursday afternoon after it smashed through the doors of the board office in Fort St. John.

 The wreckage left behind at the Fort St. John School District office when a moose broke through a door on Wednesday, September 11. Photo supplied

The moose broke through the foyer door separating the two wings of the building around 4:40 p.m., shaking district staff up from their desks.

“We all came out and saw this moose stumble in the glass, and then wander toward the board room,” Superintendent Stephen Petrucci said.

Most staff were able to get out of the building, while 911 and conservation officers were called, Petrucci said. There were a couple dozen staff working at the time, and some had to keep inside their offices while the moose wandered through the hallways.

Once outside, Petrucci said he opened the back door to the Learning Services wing and was able to woo the moose out of the building.

“I kind of called it like a dog and it came out,” he said.

 The wreckage left behind at the Fort St. John School District office when a moose broke through a door on Wednesday, September 11. Photo By Jarrod Bell

No staff were hurt, Petrucci said, noting things could have gone worse. It was a juvenile moose and staff could follow its footsteps through the building and see that it had been cut, he said.

Only the door was damaged and was being cleaned up and secured by custodians before repairs are completed by the week's end.

“It didn’t make any sort of mess in terms of rummaging or excrement,” Petrucci said.

The moose was last seen heading south and was also spotted by Urban Systems today. Conservation officers could be immediately reached.

There were no immediate photos of videos of the incident.