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Concerned citizen worried about 'little moose' after mother hit

'Little moose' left orphaned?

UPDATE 1:12 p.m.

The Conservation Officer Service has reached out to Castanet to let us know they have been to the scene where a calf moose has been seen wandering around the area where its mother was struck and killed on Highway 33.

Ken Owens, BC Conservation Officer Service Okanagan North tells Castanet, "it's an unfortunate situation that the cow was hit on the highway yesterday morning. We made an assessment with the wildlife biologist yesterday that this calf is five months old and has been weaned off its mother."

Owens says conservation officers believe the calf has a good chance of survival and they have tried to move it off the highway and out of harm's way.

"This moose calf is capable of surviving on its own. For us to go in and tranquilize this particular moose calf and bring it into a wildlife rehabilitation facility where it will become habituated to humans will limit his success for survival upon release."

Owens says they have spoken with everyone who has called into the Report All Poachers and Polluters line and they are comfortable with the decision at this time.


ORIGINAL 10:08 a.m.

A Kelowna woman has reached out to Castanet to let us know she witnessed the aftermath of a moose collision on Highway 33 near the hairpin turn in Joe Rich Tuesday morning.

"I was driving by and saw two people out of their vehicles and a moose laying on the shoulder of the highway."

Yvonne Poetschke, says she believes the BC Conservation Officer Service was called to take care of the badly injured animal, however, today she says there are reports of a baby moose that has been seen in the area.

"Now there's a little moose running up and down the hill," Poetschke says. "If you could just let people know to slow down in that area just before the hairpin where it's still 100 km/h zone that would be helpful."

Poetschke says she's at work Wednesday, but is concerned about the 'little moose' that she is considering going to the area where the sightings have occurred and flagging drivers down herself until BC Conservation has an opportunity to attend the scene and sort the situation out.



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