Some residents of Orillia, Ontario woke up to quite the surprise on Thursday morning. Brenda Zelezinsky was one of them.
“My neighbour calls me at like quarter to eight, she says 'go look in your backyard! There's a moose in your backyard!' I said, 'what? you've got to be joking.' ” Zelezinsky told The Weather Network. “So then I called my brother and said, 'you don't have to go moose hunting next week! I've got one in my neighbour's backyard!'”
The young bull moose was removed from a backyard after MNR officers shot it with two tranquilizing darts. It took a team of eight officers from the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ministry of Natural Resources to lift the animal. It was then taken out of town to be released.
Const. Marcel Marriott is with the Orillia O.P.P. He's reminding people in the area to watch out for wild animals.
“The main thing with this is to make sure the public stays clear and not to approach any wild animals because they are very unpredictable.”
Avoiding wild animal collisions
Fall can be a risky time on the roads. Darkness falls earlier and the roads can be slick. Factor in wild animals walking around, and the situation can become dangerous.
Last fall, several people died in moose collisions on New Brunswick roads. Constable Gary Cameron of the New Brunswick RCMP spoke to The Weather Network at the time. He said large animals are on the go during mating and migration season, and they may end up in your path -- especially at dusk, in the middle of the night, or in wet weather.
“When it's raining, and the roads are glossy, your eyes don't seem to differentiate on the different shapes... So you should accommodate that and reduce your speed accordingly,” explained Cameron.
Cameron also said drivers need to make sure they're paying enough attention to the road. “At night, it's more important that you're really, really cognizant of scanning the highway and using your high beams when you can.”
Other tips for driving where there may be wild animals include the following:
With files from Lisa Varano