Moose euthanized near high school

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Erica Fisher

Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

"We do our very best to try to haze the animal out of town with various tactics… and we've tried on several occasions to get those moose out of the populated area. They would not leave."

 
Vince explains that the animals were very close to the trails in the wooded area west of the high school, and were acting aggressively.
 
"Public safety is paramount; that supersedes everything," he argues. "When we have them that close to a high school and walking trails, and displaying aggressive tendencies towards people without dogs… we have no choice." 
 
The carcasses were skinned immediately, and taken the next day to local butcher Terry Howatt, who donated his time to butcher the animals. The meat was then given to the Salvation Army for needy families.
 
Vince says there have been other complaints of moose hanging around, including in the East Bypass area, and around 88 Street, where two were seen today. As they aren't able to mark the moose, it can be hard to keep track of them.
 
"We have had several sets of family units… in the area, so it's difficult to say if they're the same ones or if these are other, unrelated ones."
 
Vince explains that it's more normal to see moose  within city limits around January, where they have easier food access, but that's it's normally in the Fish Creek area and towards Charlie Lake. They're left alone there, unless they're aggressive to hikers.
 
"Then we'll try to scare them away, or as very last resort, we euthanize them."
 
Hazing efforts, like using vehicles, sirens and rubber bullets, have been successful with other, less stubborn "problem wildlife". Rubber bullets were used to move some aggressive moose away from a family home this morning.
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