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Motorcyclist dies after hitting moose in northern Minnesota

The collision happened Saturday afternoon in Koochiching County.

A motorcyclist was killed when they collided with a moose crossing a highway in northern Minnesota on Saturday.

The crash happened just after 1:30 p.m., when the Harley Davidson rider was traveling northbound on Hwy. 6 in Koochiching County.

The victim has been identified as Gary Van Sickle, 66, of Milaca, Minnesota.

He was taken to Sandford Hospital by emergency responders, where he was pronounced dead, the State Patrol said.

It's not clear what happened to the moose.

It's rare for a moose to be involved in a road collision due to their relative scarcity in the north of the state, with deer-vehicle collisions far more common.

The Minnesota DPS says that deer collisions caused 27 deaths and 137 serious injuries between 2012 and 2016.

The most recent moose estimates has its numbers at just over 3,000 in Minnesota, the Pioneer Press reports.

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