For Sheri and Matt Pruka, the meaning of Moose House doesn’t just refer to the old school downhill mountain bike trail between Park City Mountain and Deer Valley Resort. Carolyn Murray has this:
The Prukas were enjoying a breezy, summer Sunday afternoon with their front door wide open as they often might do on a beautiful day in the mountains. A young male moose wandered into their home on Hawk Court. At first they thought their cousins were playing a trick and had arrived at their house with a moose head. They realized it was not a joke, when their little dogs began barking and they clearly could see a moose standing in their entry. Sheri Prucka didn’t want to upset the animal so they removed their dogs and started to try to figure out how to get the moose out of the house.
“We began to wonder how we were going to get the moose out because he spun around and accidently closed the door behind him so then he was in the house with the door closed and we couldn’t get to the door to open it.”
The moose took a bit of time to make his exit even after Pruka went outside and around the house to open up the door.
“ He turned around and he stood looking at the china cabinet for a long time and that had me a little worried but he was quiet and calm.”
Prucka said the moose became a little agitated when her son was on a balcony above the entry area.
“He seemed really large and tall and obviously young and perhaps his mom had just kicked him out and he was nice and quiet. We were really concerned he might get into ta part of the house where we couldn’t get him out. He did get into the kitchen where he stopped and sniffed all the various things out on the counter. It was really kind of cute.”
All together Prucka says their visitor was in their home less than 10 minutes.
“Nothing left behind….not a bit of damage. He was a perfect gentleman.”
She says the event has them reconsidering the practice of opening their doors to enjoy a beautiful summer day.