Moose not so harm­less

The Compass - - OPINION -

I would like to re­spond to a let­ter head­lined “Left alone, moose are harm­less,” that ap­peared in your Aug. 14 edition.

This gen­tle­man ob­vi­ously has never had to deal with the trauma of be­ing in­volved in a moose ac­ci­dent. He does not know how a wife feels to be called at 6:30 a.m. and told that her hus­band is be­ing trans­ported to the hospi­tal af­ter strik­ing a moose while on his way to work, while merely try­ing to make a liv­ing.

And no less than by a poor moose just peace­fully feed­ing along the road­side and de­cid­ing to slowly cross the high­way!

Those an­i­mals are big and fast. He does not know the trauma of de­mol­ish­ing your ve­hi­cle. He does not know the tor­ment and t rauma in­volved with los­ing your liveli­hood for a year or the an­guish of painful ther­apy day af­ter day.

The moose I struck was not be­ing pur­sued by any­one. It just ap­peared over the guard rail and on top of my car. There was noth­ing I could do to stop the chain re­ac­tion that fol­lowed.

You want to talk about sleep­less nights and moose night­mares!

I am only one case and I was very lucky. I know plenty of peo­ple who will never re­turn to work and will spend the re­main­der of their lives in wheel­chairs. And what about the ones who did not live to tell their story?

I have no de­sire to see any an­i­mal hurt, but we have to pro­tect our lives by mak­ing sure the moose pop­u­la­tion is brought un­der con­trol. Those an­i­mals have no way of know­ing what dan­ger they are caus­ing, but it is up to the higher and more in­tel­li­gent form of cre­ation to take a stand and pro­tect the moose and them­selves.

I am back to driv­ing the high­way ev­ery day, and ev­ery day I face the pos­si­bil­ity of a peace­ful, loung­ing near a stream, se­ri­ously kick­ing back moose cross­ing my path.

To say the poor moose are be­ing vil­i­fied is out­ra­geous. I pray to God that this gen­tle­man never has to face the day when he or one of his loved ones is injured or killed in this aw­ful way.

I am sure he would have a slightly dif­fer­ent at­ti­tude about moose be­ing harm­less.

I pray to God that this gen­tle­man never has to face the day when he or one of his loved ones is injured or killed in this

aw­ful way.

Wil­liam Joyce writes from Vic­to­ria

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