FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Conservation Officers Service is reminding residents to keep their distance and avoid intervening with wild moose when they appear in the city.
In light of two moose with ‘mangy-looking’ fur due to winter ticks, Conservation Officer Micah Kneller with the North Peace office says they are aware of the animals’ presence in the city, and they have been monitoring them.
Some moose are affected by the ticks more than others, says Kneller. But the moose are up and moving around, and he expects that they will be on their way soon, once they are stronger.
“Moose don’t really like the heat, so during the day, they’ll find a shady area and just lay down,” he said. “People may think they’re injured or sick, and they can’t get up … but they’re just resting in the shade while it’s hot out.”
Kneller added that there have been reports of people feeding the animals, which he urges against, as the presence of people can stress them out even more.
“Moose can be dangerous, they are big animals, so we just want to urge people to stay away from them,” he noted.
This is also the time of that moose are bearing calves, and there have been incidents where people have mistaken newborns for having been abandoned and handle the animals. However, Kneller clarified that the female moose hide their young for a temporary period to protect them.
Instead, Kneller says anyone who has concerns about what they believe to be an abandoned newborn moose should call the Conservation Officers Service, so officials can work out the best course of action.