Community rallies for the sick moose in Alban
Published Wednesday, June 6, 2018 7:14PM EDT Last Updated Thursday, June 7, 2018 11:33AM EDT
After hearing our story about a suffering moose in Alban, about a dozen people from Greater Sudbury and Sturgeon Falls coordinated efforts to move the sick animal to Wild at Heart Animal Sanctuary to be euthanized, suspecting brain worm.
However, when they arrived around 9 pm, witnesses say conservation officers called police who had already euthanized the moose.
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A moose that has been hanging around a house in a rural area south of Sudbury is becoming a concern for some people who live there.
It's in the community of Alban, about 40 minutes south of Sudbury on Highway 69.
The two women who see the moose regularly say it is clearly suffering, but there seems to be no agency that can help.
The moose appeared in this small community about two weeks ago and now residents say they have seen this moose literally go downhill.
Sue Tremblay is a concerned resident.
"The last two days have been unbelievable and as you can see, he is laying in the ditch and can’t even get up." said Tremblay.
Denise Leduc is another concerned resident.
"We have a suffering moose here. Full of ticks, obviously very sick, it's got drool coming out of its mouth, it can't walk anymore. It's just sad to watch. It's sad to watch God’s living creature suffer like that in a ditch." said Leduc.
People here say they want to help the moose, but they're unsure of what to do.
"We have nobody to come out and do anything about it. The MNR says it’s not in their budget and it’s not their job anymore. So, we are getting all negative feedback, for anyone to come and help this poor animal that is dying." said Tremblay.
The residents feel helpless with the lack of response.
"It’s suffering. It’s been here for a while. Me and my neighbors have watched this happen, and there is nothing we can do about it, and we can’t get any help anywhere." said Leduc.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry in the Sudbury District says staff will only respond on scene if the animal is posing a threat to human health or safety.
"We've watched this creature wither away and die and it hasn't been fun. It hasn't been easy." said Tremblay.
The MNRF also said in a statement, that wildlife sanctuaries and refuges are authorized to provide temporary care to sick and distressed wildlife.
The problem is how to get this thousand-pound animal to a shelter.