Morrill County residents are asked to keep their eye out for a moose that was spotted in the area Wednesday morning.
Doug Hulinsky of rural Bayard spotted the majestic beast crossing Highway 92 while he was driving to Gering a mile and a half west of the Bayard junction.
Hulinsky said he thought the animal was a cow initially as it moved out of a nearby ditch, but then saw the rack. Hulinsky said he had to quickly brake to avoid a collision as the moose moved across the highway, and then took his phone out, taking photos as the animal lumbered to the south, moving toward the Wildcat Hills.
Hulinsky says it was a one in a lifetime experience to view a moose in the wild.
Moose are not common in Nebraska, but are occasionally spotted in the western part of the state. But there was also a sighting of a bull moose northwest of Columbus on Sept. 26, and there were later sightings near Wayne and near Dixon Tuesday.
Officials urge wildlife watchers to keep their distance from the wild animal. Even if moose appear to be docile, they have been known to become aggressive.