Left alone, moose are harm­less crea­tures

The Compass - - OPINION -

Dear Ed­i­tor:

Un­ha­rassed moose in their nat­u­ral habi­tat, in­clud­ing pro­vin­cial high­way bor­ders, are not lurk­ing in the un­der­growth ready to lunge at you and your mov­ing ve­hi­cle. That could hap­pen af­ter dark or in day­light if they are star­tled or vig­or­ously pur­sued. But apart from that, moose like the one I saw Aug. 1 by the road­side west of South Brook was just feed­ing peace­fully.

Last De­cem­ber we saw some­thing sim­i­lar. For an en­tire hour we watched from a height in the Red Cliff re­gion just five miles west of Grand Falls-Wind­sor three moose loung­ing near a stream and se­ri­ously kick­ing back.

It was sur­real be­cause it was so nat­u­ral. But to­day the nat­u­ral has be­come un­nat­u­ral and moose merely mov­ing along the high­way or slowly cross­ing the high­way are vil­i­fied. Why? To negate our col­lec­tive guilt com­plex. Af­ter all, didn’t the cre­ator put Adam in charge be­cause he was sup­pos­edly a higher and more in­tel­li­gent form of cre­ation? If we ac­cept that Bib­li­cal premise, isn’t it time we started to act as if we are wor­thy of that hon­orific sta­tus?

Re­ally, do we need to cull these an­i­mals? Do we re­ally need spray poi­son on the woods and the high­way, grass­lands cre­ated by our gov­ern- ment’s clear- cut­ting pro­gram to re­lieve the anti- moose group of un­told sleep­less nights and moose night­mares?

This poi­son can be ef­fec­tive for 10 years.

Just think you and your fam­ily will be re­stricted in the use of our New­found­land and Labrador forests for up to ten years and then we’ll bring in a fur­ther round of spray­ing. Is this the same gov­ern­ment that wants to erad­i­cate res­i­den­tial pes­ti­cides? Surely, our civil ser­vants and their bosses must suf­fer from ex­treme cases of cog­ni­tive dis­so­nance.

Aubrey Smith writes from Grand Falls-Wind­sor

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