According to police, the Ottawa moose died after what they thought was a successful relocation yesterday. The young, female moose was seen roaming around an Orléans suburb on Tuesday morning. The moose was captured, tranquilized and transported safely away from the neighborhood, but later succumbed to what police say is “stress and exhaustion” caused by the incident.
The moose was first noticed in a residential area of Orléans at approximately 7:20 AM yesterday morning, catching the attention of residents and commuters. The public was warned to stay indoors and away from the creature, as not to agitate or aggravate the young moose.
Road closures were promptly put in place to protect the public as the moose explored the neighborhood, but residents weren’t afraid to take pictures of the animal and share them across social media.
Just before 10 AM, Ottawa Police tweeted that the moose had been successfully relocated and was beginning to wake up from her sedation.
This is the second time in two years that a moose has been found wandering the streets of Ottawa. Last year, a moose had to be euthanized after sustaining injuries from a collision with a car on the Queensway.
Despite initial reports seeming positive, many Twitter users showed concern for the young moose in Orléans.
While things initially looked promising for the young moose, shortly after 11:30 AM Ottawa Police announced that she had died. In a tweet they said "Our officers along with @NCC_CCN officers, provided oxygen, water and care to the moose until she adjusted to her new environment. Unfortunately, the moose appears to have succumbed to the stress and exhaustion caused by this incident."
Some Twitter users applauded Ottawa Police for their hard work to relocate the moose and keep local residents safe, but many online users were unhappy that yet another moose-life had been lost, possibly at the hands of the police tranquilizers.
Many Canadians on Twitter were asking whether the police were the best authority for these situations, with some people questioning whether or not police officers are the best qualified to deal with animal-related incidents at all.
While the public is debating the handling of this situation one thing is certain, moose pose a huge risk to the public, especially on the roads. Given their enormous size, if a car was to collide with a moose, the driver could sustain serious and life-threatening injuries.