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Moose Report

An Occasional Series on Noteworthy Moose Activity

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Norway Takes Steps to Reduce Moose vs. Auto Collisions

VIEWS AND NEWS FROM NORWAY is reporting that state transportation authorities have come up with another unique attempt to reduce collisions between moose and man in Norway. They intend to hang up brightly colored moose antlers along a stretch of accident-prone highway, to get motorists to be more aware of the moose that may be lurking in the bush.

While some politicians are scoffing at the plan to spend over a million kroner on what they mockingly call “highway art,” officials are saying that the display of moose antlers is part of an overall traffic safety program.  

Earlier efforts have included spreading artificial blood on the roads, hanging reflectors along highways to scare off wildlife and spraying wolf urine on train tracks to keep moose away.  (Firegeezer wants to know how do you collect enough wolf urine to spray a railroad track?)

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IN NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR THE RCMP is investigating a vehicle-moose collision that occurred Saturday on the Trans-Canada Highway.  

The vehicle was traveling west when it struck a moose and left the road. Two occupants, a 20-year-old male driver and 19-year-old female passenger, received non-lifethreatening injuries. Both had to be extracted from the vehicle  and transported to hospital.

The moose was destroyed.  The Telegram has the STORY.

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IN NORTHUMBERLAND, ONTARIO, THE MINISTRY OF NATURAL RESOURCES  is seeking the public’s help solving cases of unlawful shooting and abandonment of moose across the province.  There have been several recent instances of hunters killing moose unlawfully and then deliberately leaving the carcasses abandoned in the woods.

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Mooseman54 Gets the Best Shot

NEW HAMPSHIRE RESIDENT KEN LYON, 56, is know locally as “Mooseman54″ and has been actively photographing moose  for 11 years.  He tells WMUR-TV :

He sometimes travels 400 miles in a weekend and has gone through three cars to fulfill his hobby.  

Lyon said the best time to see them is early morning from April to July and September to October. He said December and January are also good times, so now isn’t a bad time to give it a shot.He looks for signs on the side of the road, like tracks. Swampy, muddy areas are good for moose spotting. Moose also love the salt on the sides of the roads.

A vehicle hit a moose just west of the Salmonier Line turnoff after 5:30 p.m., according to police. Nobody was injured, but the moose was killed.

Around the same time, another vehicle lost control trying to avoid a moose near Butter Pot Park. Police said the vehicle left the road, but no one was hurt.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/newfoundland-labrador/story/2011/01/19/nl-moose-accidents-119.html#ixzz1BVBJQes3

Lyon said the secret is patience and a lot of driving. He does most of the photography from his car so he doesn’t spook them.  He uses a digital Canon Rebel with a 300mm lens.

WMUR-TV has also posted a 91-image photo gallery of Lyon’s works HERE.

Ken “Mooseman54″ Lyon photo

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 ELECTRIC STUNGUN MANUFACTURER Taser International has brought out the new Taser X3W (Wildlife) model which is intended to take down, comparatively harmlessly, such adversaries as charging moose or bears. 

Taser’s Moose Model

According to the product description on their website:

The Wildlife TASER electronic control device is a revolutionary new multi-shot ECD that can engage multiple targets, and deliver a calibrated Neuro Muscular Incapacitation (NMI) pulse from up to 35 feet away. The Range Adjusted Dual Laser System increases effectiveness, while providing a more humane means of animal control for wildlife. These devices have been proven effective for wildlife and are available today for wildlife managers, field biologists and zoo caretakers.

Read more about it in The Register HERE.

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 The Canadian Broadcasting Company is reporting that there were two moose accidents Tuesday evening in eastern Newfoundland.  A vehicle hit a moose just west of the Salmonier Line turnoff after 5:30 p.m., according to police. Nobody was injured, but the moose was killed.  Around the same time, another vehicle lost control trying to avoid a moose near Butter Pot Park. Police said the vehicle left the road, but no one was hurt. 

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Ambulance Chasers Hear the Call of the Moose

The CBC is also telling us that some undernourished lawyers are trying to cash in on the Moose game:

A St. John’s lawyer filed a class-action lawsuit Jan. 5 claiming the Newfoundland and Labrador government is responsible for injuries and deaths cause by road collisions with moose.  Lawyer Ches Crosbie claims the province’s failure to control the moose population is to blame for the more than 700 moose-vehicle accidents reported annually.

Two victims of moose accidents, Hugh George, 59, and Ben Bellows, 54, are named as representative claimants in the suit’s statement of claim, which has not been certified as a class action.

“Wildlife practices of the defendant have allowed the moose population on the Island to reach numbers in the range of 120,000 to 200,000 … multiplying the danger of moose collisions for users of the highways,” said a statement of claim filed in court.

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The Moose Chronicles is an occasional feature of Firegeezer.  You can review previous Moose Chronicle reports HERE.

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  • ShamrockDriver

    Come on Geeze. You offer the wolves a dinner with Red. Little Red Ridding Hood that is. Like paying for plasma.