In Timmins, Ontario, two females moose were found shot and their bodies left on the side of a service road. One of the animals shot was a protected, rare white moose known by First Nations as their ghostly “spirit” animal.
According to CbcNews, a reward has been offered to anyone who can help officials find the poachers. Rarely have any white moose been spotted, but are appreciated and revered for their beauty.
“Everybody is outraged and sad,” stated Chief Murray Ray of Flying Post First Nation. “Why would you shoot it? No one needs one that bad. If you have a license to shoot a cow moose, you could shoot another one. Just leave the white ones alone.”
The beautiful white moose are the result of a recessive gene and have taken their place alongside other sacred animals among Indigenous people including bison, ravens and grizzly bears.
The white moose has had protected status since 2006, and although they are not a distinct species, there are signs in the forests warning against hunting moose more than 50% white in Wildlife Management Units 30 and 31, in northeastern Ontario.
The reward at this time stands at $8,000 for the arrest and conviction of the guilty hunters.
Anyone with information about this tragic killing of this beautiful moose is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, report it online, or download the P3 app. People can also call the MNRF tip line at 1-877-847-7667.
(Photo via YouTube screenshot)
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