Threat on the highway
I would like to use your newspaper to express my concerns about the large numbers of moose in our province, and the threat they pose for drivers on highways. Like many people I drive across our highways multiple times a week. This simple task is seen as one of the most feared things a person and their family can experience, all because of a possible unexpected encounter with a moose.
Thousands of people understand this feeling as either themselves, or a loved one will have the uncomfortable knowledge that, as much driving experience that a person has, there is little you can do if a 1,000-pound moose appears from seemingly nowhere.
I, along with my family, have had our share of experiences with moose on highways in this province. Fortunately, none have claimed any lives. But still, the encounters have been terrifying.
One example would be when I, along with my father, was driving across the Heart’s Content Barrens. Going below speed limit in our vehicle a moose suddenly jumped over the ditch on the side of the highway and came within feet of our front bumper. The only way we missed colliding with the moose was that there had been rain a few hours previous to the trip and his hooves slipped on the road, buying us enough time to swerve out of the way.
This is only one story of the thousands of others that Newfoundlanders and Labradoreans have experienced, many of which have not been so lucky as we were on that day.
So, is there anything that can be done to help solve this problem? I suggest that the provincial government increase the amount of moose that can be legally hunted.
Moose are not native to our province. They were introduced to our province in 1904, and have no natural predators to lower their steadily rising population. Therefore, we must be the ones to control their population as innocent lives are constantly at risk. The provincial government should also clear out a perimeter of trees from the highways to help increase visibility for drivers. Verdon Merrigan