Left alone, moose are harmless creatures
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