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(Learfield News Service) A young moose is turning a lot of heads in central Minnesota. A Facebook group called “Central MN Moose on the Loose” is tracking what appears to be a young calf.

The moose first appeared on September 23rd in Alton, Iowa. Now, more than 18,000 members are tracking the calf’s movements as it travels north into the Long Prairie and Browerville area. The trip, so far, is over 230 miles.

The Minnesota DNR says the ideal moose habitat is young forests created by logging, forest fires, or windstorms in northeastern Minnesota, or the woodlots and farm fields of northwestern Minnesota. The moose is Minnesota’s largest mammal, and one of only a handful of states to hold a population.