Monday, September 29, 2008

Baby Moose Moves In

Thanks to Ron for sending this item to us . . .
Baby Moose Moves In
This is from Sandy who lives just outside Nelson, BC.

This reads like something out of Readers' Digest, but recently a neighbour went for a walk up Falls Creek (near Nelson BC), found a baby moose in some distress in the creek. He got him out of the creek, tried to send him on his way, tried to find the mother. Eventually the baby moose stumbled back into the creek, was rescued again, and followed Jonathon home. Jonathon lives in a very small cabin, so he took the moose to another neighbour (Andrea), who took these photos.

I have never even seen moose in this area, so am bewildered that a recently born moose would be on its own, way up a mountainous creek. They took the moose the next day to Helen Jamieson in Blewett, who looks after wild animals.

She put it in a pen with a fawn. Apparently the moose calf/deer fawn combo is excruciatingly cute.

For you international types, Blewett is an area just outside Nelson. Lots of up-scale homes there in a gorgeous mountain setting.


eyeman said...

Ahh, the upscale neighborhood in the moose habitat! Cow moose regularly leave their scentless young to go off to feed. This guy never stayed put and would have died in the creek. Bears and other predators need to eat to. F&W always insists we leave the young alone! Now, it has nearly zero chance of being returned to the wild-- its the zoo life for him.

Mark said...

eyeman, the post states that moose are not common in the area.

also, how would it have been returned to the wild?

dolly said...

I would love it if 'eyeman' could see where the set up is where the moose calf is, because you would retract your comments. It is a 150 pristine and in a natural state acreage privately owned farm deep in the forest/valley area surrounded by forested crown land and is a pristine region filled with wildlife. The private acreage has large fenced acreage pens to protect and accomodate the injured or abandoned animals, and once they are grown or recovered, they simply walk off the 'wild' 150 privately owned acres on to adjacent 'wild' crown land. It is not a zoo and the public is not welcome, except to drop off abandoned or injured animals, and must phone ahead, because they would never find it otherwise. The owner has been at this helping animals since the 1960's with huge success,for all types of wildlife including bears, elk, moose,wild cats, etc. etc. No government funds have helped out. It is all done from the heart and with the owners own money, and any people that donate, which is few. I know all thisbecause I am the person that took the young whitetail fawn there, that you see in the picture. The fact that the owner has done this all from the heart and without advertising, except word of mouth,is amazing. They have this down to a science and all the people that have heard of the place agree. The transition is awesome to watch the recovered animals leave the large acre size pens and go out to the remaining 150 acres and then roam into the wild, as if they were born here. There is no transferring of the animal BACK to the wild via vehicles etc., as the place is in the wild as it is. Too bad our governemnts do not fund places like this, rather than continue to cut our conservation budget, which is only harming our wildlife.
ALso for Mark , the post was wrong, asmoose are common in our area, but sightings are fewer, as our West Kootenay area is still a vast wild area with low population. Most folks here know about co-habitating with wildlife and it works well. It is like living in an Alaskan wilderness, but in southern B.C. Please do not be negative and assume all places that help animals are like zoos, or confining the animals. Rather please be kind and donate to animal lovers like this that volunteer all their own time and money to save the wildlife, that would otherwise die. The way our wildlife is being picked off by hunters and development in our country, our wildlife needs all the help it can get. Hopefully Eyemand will have a more accurate picture of this place and the moose's great chance fo survival.
I will post my pics of the fawn before she went here and when she got there. Today she has grown to a young doe and healthy and roams freely to and from the place she recoveeeered at. When I found her she was about 3 days old and severely dehydrated. I thank the Lord for people like this person that devotes their life to our wildlife.