Stop Shooting Wild Animals In The City

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Why do authorities have to shoot big wild animals when they wander into Ottawa?

A moose had to be shot on Thursday at Highway 416 and Pinecrest Road. Wild animals are not new to Ottawa. We had an elk shot near a Transitway station a few years ago. Bears wander in and out of the suburbs all ’round the city.

Why do not authorities have an emergency wild animal strategy and resources that avoid killing wild animals? It’s not like they haven’t had time to develop one.

The easy thing to do is shoot the animal and drag away the carcass.

The hard thing to do, apparently, is creating a plan to deal with wild animals without killing them before the emergency begins.

 

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9 thoughts on “Stop Shooting Wild Animals In The City

  1. As you rightly point out Ken, this has been going on forever and there is always some excuse for shooting the animals. If only they spent some energy in developing a strategy instead of continually finding excuses for why the animals needed to be shot. There appears to be a lack of interest in saving the animals. There also appears to be little public outrage. Either the excuses are swallowed up whole or there is little interest in pressuring officials to do something other than shoot the animals.

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    1. There was public outrage over the elk and one would think action would be taken to develop a strategy.

      That hasn’t happened. If the public is concerned, the mayor and the police chief should have been on top of this.

      Obviously they haven’t.

      cheers

      kgray

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  2. Simple – elk and moose don’t vote so the City doesn’t need to worry about them. Maybe they should organize a bazaar and invite the mayor to open it. Then they’d have his attention.

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    1. the Voter:

      We need a more inclusive country. Get the vote for elk and moose.

      Animals are people, too.

      cheers

      kgray

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  3. Pierre and Ken have hit the nail on the head. A minute ago I read a story titled “Toronto Fans Aren’t Too Smart”. This story goes hand in hand with that one and could have been titled “Ottawa Isn’t Too Smart”. I think that over the years Ottawa has proven again and again it lacks a plan to deal with disasters or events out of the ordinary. God help us if anything that could have serious consequences ever takes place in this city. Maybe the gangs with guns will jump to our rescue.

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    1. Sisco:

      Bob Chiarelli and Merv Beckstead did a great job responding to the 1998 ice storm.

      Unfortunately that was a long time ago and the players have changed for the worse.

      cheers

      kgray

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  4. Yes, Ken, the city has changed a great deal over the past 7 years or so. Maybe we were a bit premature in saying “goodbye” to Larry O’Brien.

    I did speak to my son about the moose after I posted my comment. It seems as though a vet was called to the scene and the moose had broken a leg. As with horses, broken legs can cause gangrene and a slow death. Perhaps a quick death was the correct alternative although you’d think we’d have developed an option other than a bullet by now. Although I still stick by my concern with the lack of preparedness in light of emergency situations.

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  5. Regardless of whether the moose had a broken leg or not, the outcome would have been the same. Because the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) put little value in wildlife. The city has demonstrated this by its failed wildlife policies and, as everyone knows, the MNRF regards wildlife only as a resource to be harvested.

    Donna DuBreuil, Ottawa-Carleton Wildlife Centre

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    1. Ms. Dubreuil:

      Thank you for responding.

      I find it interesting that they shoot tranquilizers into animals that don’t tranquilize them. Get bigger transquilizers or better methods of applying them.

      I they afraid big dose of drugs will hurt the animal.

      Thank goodness a bullet is so healthy.

      cheers

      kgray

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