Ottawa’s wildlife problem

A few posts back In Box readers had a whack at the question of re-introducing wolves to Northern New York and New England.

Here in Ottawa the problem of people co-existing with wildlife has been much in the news lately: today saw the 3rd incident since June 1st in which Ontario Provincial Police felt compelled to shoot and kill a moose that had come too close for comfort.

Some of this looks to be a bureaucratic turf scuffle: OPP would love to hand the problem over to wildlife managers, but those agencies say it’s not their jurisdiction.

Ottawa’s Police Chief and Mayor Larry O’Brien would like to craft new agreements to improve the situation. Montreal did better in their last moose encounter on Tuesday, successfully tranquilizing and removing the animal in question, as recounted in this CBC report.

Today’s moose death as reported by CTV Ottawa.

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