Moose crossing highway claims another life
-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