On February 23rd at 4:30pm Bracebridge OPP officers responded to a concern from a member of the public about a moose that was possibly injured or sick on Beiers Road in Kilworthy. The information was that the moose had been in the same place for over 30 hours and in the caller’s own extensive experience, the animal’s behaviour was very concerning.
Police attended and assessed the situation with respect to the animal’s behaviour and its potential to cause devastating harm on the roadway. There was evidence that the moose had already been on the roadway and that it might be ill, due to it being non-responsive to the many tactics employed to move it away from the potential path of vehicles.
In the interest of public safety, the moose was ultimately dispatched by police. The decision to destroy any animal is not an easy one and not taken lightly, however, the issue of public safety remains the core objective.