400-Pound Moose Stolen From Lodge
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MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) _ The Moose Lodge is without its 400-pound fiberglass mascot after someone went to a lot of trouble to steal it.
The bronze-colored moose statue, which is 6 feet tall and 7 feet long, was stolen over the weekend from Moose Lodge 1584, said Terry Tilleson, a lodge member and past administrator.
The moose, valued at $2,000, has been bolted to the east side of the lodge for two years, Tilleson said.
``They took the bolts out,″ Tilleson said. ``It took great effort to take it. They took the time to scope it out and knew what they needed for tools.″
A ladder must have been used, police said.
The lodge replaced the moose a few years ago after the statue’s head was ripped off in a theft, Tilleson said.
``We’re terribly upset,″ Tilleson said. ``We’re going to have to replace it.″