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Killing of moose was wrong course of action

November 16, 2012
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

Hello to all of the Adirondacks. I am a fellow creature of the wild woods we all share. I am writing to comment on the recent situation between the public, the DEC, and the Moose of the woods.

I would like to first say that this is a very ethical issue and my words are my opinion and not "right." However I do not believe the choice of action by the DEC was right either.

I personally got the privileged of meeting the moose with my own eyes. I have only met moose once before when I was a young child. Wow, are these creatures beautiful and mesmerizing. I'm sure all who got to see the moose were filled with joy, and also with sadness for its situation.

I understand the moose was stuck, wounded, and appeared like it was not going to make it out on its own.

But to shoot and kill one of the most magnificent and wise animals of the woods is just sickening to me. If the DEC was so inclined to deal with the situation, what about tranquilizer? Why do the DEC or anyone have to "deal with the situation."

If the DEC couldn't help it couldn't the DEC at least let it try to get out and then if it did die, then take it out! Come on, this was obviously just an action to adhere to authorities public safety concerns.

My opinion is that it would be too expensive to take the actions necessary to attempt to save the animals life. I believe the authorities were also pressuring the DEC to "remove" the animal due to the "public safety concern." To me it is just selfish and anthropocentric to kill the moose rather than employ a few people to manage the traffic. The people in the notch were no more of an inconvenience to me that the many bikers who frequently pass through there. This is just another example of the power of money over the forest's ecology.

I am just sickened by the death of our fellow forest friend. I wish the DEC could at least return the moose back to the woods to die where it would want to die, to return to the woods which brought it to life, not a laboratory in Albany.

Moose are the largest animals in these woods. They have the largest antlers in the world and can weigh around 1,500 pounds. I am sure all are saddened by the death of the moose, even the DEC employee who had the will to send a bullet into the moose's heart. Let this be an experience to remember, and may we all send positive thoughts to the other moose and forest creatures.

Michael Conway




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