PERKINS, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – Police say a moose died after it was struck by a semi-truck in the Upper Peninsula.

Michigan State Police say the moose crossed into the truck’s path on Monday north of Perkins in Delta County.

The moose then made its way into the woods, where it was found dead by a state Department of Natural Resources officer.

Police say the 73-year-old driver of the semi-truck wasn’t hurt.

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, moose are native to Michigan but disappeared from Lower Peninsula in the 1890s.

Moose are currently found in two areas of the Upper Peninsula: a reintroduced population in Marquette, Baraga and Iron counties, and a smaller remnant population in the eastern UP.

During the most recent moose population survey in January 2011, the DNR counted an estimated 433 animals in the western Upper Peninsula. Local biologists estimate there are about 100 moose in the eastern U.P.

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