Tuesday animal sightings: Moose on playground, bear at school, elk on Denver street

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An elk wanders in a park near South Utica Street and West Quincy Avenue in Denver on Sept. 11, 2012.

An elk wanders in a park near South Utica Street and West Quincy Avenue in Denver on Sept. 11, 2012.

An elk wanders in a park near South Utica Street and West Quincy Avenue in Denver on Sept. 11, 2012.

An elk wanders in a park near South Utica Street and West Quincy Avenue in Denver on Sept. 11, 2012. (Viewer photo: Melissa Upchurch)

It was a veritable wild kingdom on the Front Range Tuesday, with bizarre animal sightings everywhere from Jefferson County to Boulder to Denver.

The first sightings were reported by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s office in the form of a Tweet announcing a lockout at Evergreen Middle School. The Tweet explained the lockout was due to a bear on the property.

That wasn’t all.

The office’s Tweet also mentioned that Blue Heron Elementary School in Littleton had reported a moose on the playground and that an owl had become caught in a fence behind the Fairmount Fire Department.

As if that wasn’t enough, the Daily Camera reported the third bear sighting in the last two weeks in Boulder at Fairview High School. Officials said the bear was in a tree on the south side of Greenbriar Avenue Tuesday morning before being chased off by Boulder Open Space and Mountain Park rangers.

To top things off, Denver police scanner traffic reported wary drivers at West Quincy Avenue and South Utica Street Tuesday morning. The reason? They were trying to avoid an elk walking down the middle of the road.

Do you have any photos of Tuesday’s animal sightings? Email them our way to tips@kdvr.com.

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