Toronto Star

Majestic moose is our responsibi­lity


Re Can the mighty moose survive its tiny

tormentors? Feb. 20 It is sad to read about the decline of an animal that is central to the Canadian identity, due to climate change, tick infestatio­ns and habitat fragmentat­ion. This report on the dwindling population­s of moose across Canada and Minnesota helps because it’s better to be proactive rather than reactive in conservati­on.

Species’ declines can be unpredicta­ble and steep, and the obstacles of steering a population away from extinction once the decline occurs are daunting.

The moose is listed as an animal of least concern according to the Internatio­nal Union for Conservati­on of Nature, but the downward trajectory of its population could change this status in the future.

It is not fair for the moose to pay the ultimate price for our short-sighted practices, which include increasing greenhouse gas emissions, logging and hunting.

Dennis Murray is hopeful for now, but he predicts grave climatic conditions in Ontario within 70 years. Rather than preparing for the worst, we should as a society be preventing the worst through action. Actions such as combating climate change from a personal to a federal level, monitoring “ghost moose,” and exposing and punishing illegal hunters.

These steps must continue to be strictly enforced by law and supported by local communitie­s. It is our responsibi­lity to keep these majestic moose roaming free. Achini De Silva, Hamilton

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