SHREWSBURY, Vt. (AP) _ It's election season for the species humanus Americanus and mating season for the northern moose, and in a strange cross-breeding, the lovesick Shrewsbury moose has become a political animal.

The moose arrived a week ago Friday, in the height of its mating season, on the farm of Larry Carrara with the apparent intent of wooing a white and brown Hereford dairy cow named Jessica.

For the moose and cow, it has not been a match made in heaven. But for the local environmental group Friends of Parker's Gore, the moose has become a symbol of the need to preserve the Gore and other wilderness areas against a developer's plan to build a ski resort and condominiums.

On Monday, the developers arrived on Carrara's farm and tried to interest reporters in hearing their side of the controversy by displaying three toy moose with skis on their hooves.

Over the weekend, more than 4,000 people had turned out to see the moose and to rally support for sparing Parker's Gore from development, an issue that has spilled over into Vermont's political campaigns.

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GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Power Co. put a new twist this week on the old pastime of griping about taxes. The utility said its property tax bill was too low by $2 million.

A double-check of the Cascade County bill for $1.03 million found it exactly $2 million too low, said Cort Freeman, an power company spokesman in Butte.

''We verify every bill that comes into the company,'' he said Monday. Confirming tax figures is good citizenship and good business when you're paying $26 million in taxes a year, he added.

''I think that was pretty nice,'' Cascade County Treasurer Dick Michelotti said of the utility's catch.

Cascade County Assessor Charles Nebel said the value of the power company's holdings was so large that a computer program printing tax bills didn't pick it all up. Nebel said he thought the mistake would have been caught eventually had it not been pointed out.