Our readers speak - 'If you care,' you may not be able to leave it there
To the Editor,
Yes, we have a young moose in our community. Yes, we are all feeding him. Yes, most of us have spent our lives in this area. Yes, we have all been taught not to touch eggs in a nest and leave wild animals alone and blah, blah, blah, etc., etc. We don't need a biologist or newscasters to enlighten us. The local TV station should have vetted their story a little better. There are always two sides to every story.
So, why did we adopt Max?
Several weeks ago, Max showed up in the neighborhood. He roamed around yards trying to get food from apple trees, grape vines, decorative shrubs and garbage cans in our yards. At first we thought he was sick. As wise citizens, we began to call local wildlife officials to check on the situation. We were told he was not sick after a "drive-by" observation.
Max continued to roam the neighborhood, crisscrossing the road in a blind zone with a knoll. Many people travel this road to work and school and the near misses and swerves were adding up. After numerous pleas and the only response from our local wildlife official was, "They should shoot that @#$% thing."
We decided we had to do something for the safety of our children, citizens and Max.
We then decided to put food on one side of the road where he would also have access to the woods and nearby trails. He now stays out of the path of traffic, but has slowly became accustomed to his caregivers.
He also has an open wound on his neck (above his right shoulder), that, apparently, had not been noted in the 'drive-by' observation. People began to bring salves and ointments to help heal it. Straw was also put down to give him some warmth to lie on since he had no mother or other herd to stay warm with. And, due to the extreme cold, we also put blankets on him at night.
Did we do the right thing by Max?
Well, we knew one thing for sure, as the attention to the problem grew, someone would have to act (soon). We have been told he will be taken to a refuge in Gray, Maine. You can bet we will be following up to make sure that's where Max goes.
Would we country bumpkins do it again? Under those same circumstances, yes! So the moral of this story is 'if you care,' you may not be able to leave it there!
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