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Posted: May 30, 2018

Moose harassment reported

WildSafeBC Elk Valley reports teenagers were reported throwing rocks at a moose and it’s calf behind Maiden Lake.

The area has been closed off until further notice.

Moose sightings have also reported by the Fairy Creek Bridge and in James White Park.  Bears have seen behind the bike park gazebo and by the firehall.

A grizzly bear was reported by bikers at the bottom of Project 9 trail by the Lazy Lizard intersection, WildSafeBC reported.

Moose Safety Tips

  • Moose are wild animals and need to be given space and privacy. Never approach a moose. Give the animals a wide berth and ensure they always have an escape route.
  • Female moose with calves need extra space. Moose cows are very protective of their young and may attack if they perceive a threat. If you come across a cow and calf, calmly leave the area immediately.
  • Be aware of moose body language. A threatened moose may lower its head and flatten its ears before charging. If you see these behaviours, find an escape route.
  • If a moose does charge you, getting inside a nearby building or car is the safest option, but hiding behind a large tree or other solid object may effectively block the charge.
  • Dogs and moose don’t mix. A moose can seriously injure or kill a dog if it feels threatened. Likewise, loose dogs can harass moose, causing undue stress. Never let your dog out if there is a moose in your yard.
  • Use caution when walking dogs, keep them under voice control and/or leash.  Dogs chasing wildlife may result in human/wildlife conflict.

Photo courtesy WildSafeBC Elk Valley

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