Moose cross­ing high­way claims an­other life

Sackville Tribune - - NEWS - BY JOAN LEBLANC STAFF RE­PORTER

-A high­way in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a moose has once again claimed a life.

On Thurs­day, March 22, 52 year-old Mike Pound, a res­i­dent of Char­lot­te­town, P.E.I., died in Monc­ton Hospi­tal as the re­sult of in­juries he sus­tained in a mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dent near Cape Jouri­main.

His 18 year-old daugh­ter was treated in hospi­tal for mi­nor in­juries and later re­leased. RCMP Cpl. Eric Lamarche said Mon­day that when the woman swerved to miss a moose that was stand­ing on the road, the ve­hi­cle rolled over sev­eral times be­fore land­ing in the ditch.

“The man, who was not wear­ing a seat­belt at the time, was thrown from the ve­hi­cle, sus­tain­ing ex­ten­sive in­juries. He later passed away as a re­sult of those in­juries,” he said.

This is the third death in the area re­sult­ing from mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sions in­volv­ing moose since late De­cem­ber.

Tantra­mar MLA Mike Olscamp said Mon­day that he’s still very con­cerned about the moose prob­lem in the Port El­gin to Cape Tor­men­tine area and sad­dened to hear of the lat­est tragic ac­ci­dent.

“I’m still work­ing on ways to help ad­dress the prob­lem of moose cross­ing in these ar­eas. When it comes to hu­man lives, noth­ing trumps that,” he said.

Olscamp noted that over the past cou­ple months he’s met with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and En­ergy to sug­gest that a cull of moose in that area be un­der­taken.

“They gave me a lot of bi­o­log­i­cal rea­sons why we can’t do that. I asked about ex­tend­ing the (moose hunt­ing) sea­son; they can’t do that ei­ther. But I’m go­ing to re­visit this op­tion be­cause af­ter three deaths in about three months, this is se­ri­ous busi­ness,” he said.

He noted that in 2011 DNRE had al­lowed for a 60 per­cent in­crease in the num­ber of moose kills dur­ing the three-day hunt­ing sea­son, al­low­ing more hunt­ing li­censes for var­i­ous regions across the prov­ince. Un­for­tu­nately, due to warm weather and other fac­tors, there was no in­crease in the num­ber of moose kills.

Olscamp said he’s also cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of installing ‘clus­ter light­ing’, the plac­ing of about 10-12 lights in four ar­eas known as be­ing moose cross­ing ‘ hot zones’. He ex­plained that although there is still a cost as­so­ci­ated with this type of light­ing, it is a lot less than installing lights from Port El­gin to the bridge.

“That still doesn’t stop the pos­si­bil­ity of ac­ci­dents from oc­cur­ring...the first thing is: peo­ple need to slow down when driv­ing in this area. A lot of peo­ple com­ing off that bridge don’t slow down. The sec­ond thing is: avoid driv­ing in that area at night if you can help it. That’s what they do in New­found­land where they have a re­ally se­ri­ous moose prob­lem. They haven’t put up any fences there; peo­ple are just not driv­ing at night. But that’s up to the peo­ple, that’s their per­sonal choice,” he said.

- Coun­cil took one step closer this month to­wards the sale of the re­cent­ly­va­cated town hall build­ing.

The pur­chase and sale agree­ment was ap­proved by town coun­cil dur­ing their monthly meet­ing early in March - with buy­ers JN Laf­ford Re­alty Inc. set to take the build­ing off the town’s hands.

Now they wait for the agree­ment to be fi­nal­ized and signed, said Sackville’s act­ing

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