FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Conservation Officer Service is warning Fort St. John residents in the city’s east side to be on the lookout for several aggressive animals, but not the usual report of predatory ones.
Sgt. Dean Velkjar with the Conservation Officer Service informed Energeticcity.ca this afternoon that the aggressive moose have been reported in the area of 91st Ave and the East Bypass Road. Valkjar says that the three moose involved are a cow and her two calves. Reports started coming in at around noon today, and Conservation Officers were able to clear the moose from several backyards in the area. The moose were last seen in a wooded area near 77th St. and 91st Ave. Officers will continue to monitor the moose, and try and coax them further east of the city.
Valkjar says that with tonight being Halloween, trick-or-treaters should be extra cautious, or avoid the area in general in order to reduce the chance of an encounter with the moose family.
According to an information package from Velkjar, moose can become very aggressive when harassed by people, dogs, and traffic. Dogs often surprise moose on their owners’ property, and often chase the animals while barking at them. Moose can sometimes go out of their way to chase or kick dogs in return, even if on a leash. Moose also become stressed and agitated when chased by people.
Though each moose has a different tolerance, they can become aggressive when provoked enough. When moose raised the long hairs on their haunches, lick their lips, or walk slowly towards an object, those are all signs that a moose is about to attack. People are advised to give the large animals a berth of between 20 and 30 metres, and should a moose give warning signs, residents are advised to seek the closest tree, fence, building, or other large object. Unlike with predators such as bears, it is advised to run away from an aggressive moose at the first signs of a possible attack, as moose are not known to chase quarry very far.
If you happen to witness the aggressive moose, call the BC Conservation Office, or the RAPP line at 1-877-952-7277.