When you feel like stripping your gears
I have this as my signature on my emails,
for a little while. I change it from time to time.
But it serves the purpose today.
Yesterday, we (as in neighborhood) saw a moose
in distress. Her shoulder had been broken. She was
in the field across the street from us. One of the
neighbors called someone. And the Sheriff came
out. After about 10 minutes (as the moose had
laid down) he watched her. When she went to get
up he could see there is no way this moose could
make it thru life. And he did the humane thing. He
shot her. It took one shot and she was down for
This is where the officer stood as he shot.
picture taken from my front yard.
Two of the neighbors who are hunters, offered to
gut the moose so the meat could be saved. The
officer said that the Fish and Game are really touchy
about that, and so he said no. But the Fish and Game
would be notified. That was at 8:10am.
When I got back from church, the moose was still there.
At 12:10pm. By now, another neighbor came home,
found out about the moose, and he called the Fish and
Game. Recording. .... Now you and I know that the Fish
and Game are 24/7. And they do work weekends as they
are looking for people who are fishing without a license and
6 p.m. Still no Fish and Game. And now it is 9:11am Monday.
no Fish and Game.
What disgust all of us, is the waste of meat. These hunter
neighbors would have dressed out the moose so the meat
could have been used. Right after the shot. But not allowed
to. The meat could have gone to the Food Bank, the Jail, or
even if they felt iffy about human consumption.. it could have
gone to the animal shelter... But no, it lays there rotting.
Now we are left with another problem. This is just across the
street from all of our homes. How long before it bloats. How
long before it smells of the rot, as it lays in the hot sun.
The neighbors are furious. There has been at least 4 different
people who have called this in. And this is not unusual.
The same thing happen a couple months ago. On highway
95. Our neighbor had been driving by as a woman hit a
moose on the highway. He called the Fish and Game. He
talked to them. They said they would take care of it.
Leave it alone. My husband drove by an hour later, saw it,
knew it was not there 2 hours ago, so he called it in.. Same
message. The moose laid there for a week or more.
We are of the generation, of no waste allowed. So it
is disgusting for us to see meat that could benefit
others, go to waste... Nice going Fish and Game..
What was the solution? The Fish and Game could
give permission to someone to take care of the meat.
After taking down name and address of those who
say they will help. And tell them where to take the
meat. In this case there were two hunters who would
have done so, rather than see it wasted. They didn't
want the meat themselves...they hate waste.
As you can see... the houses just across the street
from where the moose is...