October 08, 2008
It appears as though a female moose that wandered into the town of Ishpeming in Michigan Upper Peninsula. The only problem? The Department of Natural Resources felt they had to shoot the moose?
And who did they blame? Sarah Palin?
Bjorne says the public's interference, in their efforts to see the moose and get pictures, prevented the police and DNR biologists from getting the cow moose and her two calves to a safe area.
He says, after more than five hours of being herded around and trying to avoid people, the cow was overly stressed.
Bjorne says tranquilizing the animal would have caused more stress, and probably would have resulted in the animal's death, anyway.
The decision to put down the mother moose was made after she was approaching officers on the Heritage Trail by the old Brownstone.
The moose calves have left the area, and a DNR biologist says without a mother, their chances of surviving have been lessened, but they likely had already been weaned off of their mother.
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