Moose not so harmless
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
William Joyce writes from Victoria