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Originally published Tuesday, October 18, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Vt. officials baffled: Where is moose's body?

How do you lose a dead 700-pound moose?

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MONTPELIER, Vt. —

How do you lose a dead 700-pound moose?

Vermont wildlife officials have offered vastly different answers on the location of the body of Pete the Moose, the state's favorite animal.

Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz tells the Burlington Free Press ( http://bit.ly/qriCDH) state officials have recovered the body and are planning to test it for disease.

But Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Patrick Berry said Tuesday the state hasn't gotten the body yet. He says the owners of the Irasburg hunting park where Pete died haven't said where it is.

Pete's life in captivity helped prompt the state to pass new wildlife laws.

Pete died in early September during tranquilization for hoof trimming. Until Friday, state officials insisted he was alive.

The park's owner has taken responsibility for covering up Pete's death.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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