Wildlife officials in Vermont believe that a moose drowned because it was frightened of onlookers who were standing on the shore taking photos. According to CBS News, the tragic incident took place in Lake Champlain on Saturday.
What happened before the moose died
According to Fish and Wildlife Warden Robert Currier, the moose swam from New York to South Hero, Vermont, but after reaching land, he was forced back into the water by onlookers on the shore who were taking photos. Help was called when it became apparent that the moose was struggling, but it did not arrive in time.
Currier said, “It was struggling pretty good at that point. We were waiting for a boat to respond to try to assist it, but before the boat arrived, it had drowned.”
On The Islander Facebook page, more information about the tragedy was released:
Sheriff Ray Allen reported that the moose made it’s way out of the water, exhausted. When it tried to rest, people crowded it and spooked him. According to Fish and Game, when a moose feels threatened it will respond in one of two ways, either leave the area to avoid the threat or respond with aggression. He went back to the water and drowned due to exhaustion.
People who spot wildlife should view from a distance to avoid future tragic deaths.
(images via Facebook)
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