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Millie the Moose injured

Alanna Kelly

Conservation officers are telling the public to leave Millie the Moose alone.

Millie the Moose has recently become a celebrity in West Kelowna, so much so she even has a name.

But what’s best for Millie the Moose is for her to be left alone.

“We do have an injured, potentially suffering animal that we need to try and care for,” said David Cox, conservation officer.

Every time Millie wanders away after sleeping in a West Kelowna yard, she leaves a trail of blood.

Conservation says moving the animal could cause her to go through 'capture myopathy,' from extreme exertion, struggle, or stress, that can lead to death.

“There isn’t really that Walt Disney sanctuary we can take this animal,” Cox said.

Conservation has also received reports of residents trying to feed the animal.

“Absolutely under no circumstance should anyone be feeding this animal," Cox said. "If the public really wants to see this animal be successful and live, feeding it is not contributing to that."

Conservation officers will continue to monitor the animal and try to keep her out of conflict.

“Worst case we may have to intervene with tranquillizing,” he said. “She doesn't’ seem like she is going away any time soon and we don’t want anyone to get hurt but we also want to care for her and do the best thing for her.”

If anyone spots Millie they should contact 1-877-952-7277.

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