The first nations in Canada mourned the loss of a rare white moose, asking “why” anyone with a hunting license would choose their ghostly “spiritual” animal.
In Timins, Ontario, two female moose were found shot and left discarded on the road for service, bodies intact, including a sacred white cow, the Guardian reported. Apparently, poachers have ignored the many signs warning against killing legally protected creatures.
“Everyone is outraged and sad. Why shoot it? Nobody needs that bad, “said Chief Murray Ray, Flying Post First Nation. “If you have a license to shoot a moose, you can shoot another. Just leave the whites alone. “
Unusual white moose get their ashy color from a recessive gene and are revered like white bison, crows and grizzly bears.
“I’m sad that someone would take such a beautiful animal,” said Flying Post community member Troy Woodhouse. “No one knows exactly how many are in the area, so losing one moose is one too much.”
Woodhouse recalled to the Guardian the first time he saw a young white bull moose with his wife near the home of his grandfather, who lived in the region.
“It was a sign that he was keeping us on land. It was very special for me, “he said.
Wildlife photographer Mark Clement said he had noticed at least four over the years and estimated that the region could be home to 30 people.
In 2013, three hunters in Nova Scotia were accused of killing a white moose by the Mi’kmaq people and were forced to return the animal’s skin to the tribe, despite holding the head as a trophy. The leather became the centerpiece of a day-long mourning ceremony by Mi’kmaq.
Wildlife officials are asking locals to help reach the killer. Woodhouse and others in the area, including animal activists and a sympathetic drilling company, pooled $ 8,000 ($ 6,121) for anyone who could lead to the culprit.
“Maybe the hunters tried to catch one elk and got the other by accident.” If a person still comes out and admits what he has done, I would direct my part to one of their legal fees, “Woodhouse said. “There is so much negativity in the world today. It’s nice to just see some people come together and try to turn that into something positive. “