Two days after a moose calf was rescued from a Central Alberta lake

Circumstances of moose’s death unclear

Two days after a moose calf was rescued from a Central Alberta lake, the young animal is dead.

Two days after a moose calf was rescued from a Central Alberta lake, the young animal is dead.

Alberta Justice and Solicitor General’s Office, which oversees Alberta Fish and Wildlife, is investigating after receiving two differing reports of the calf’s death from the public.

Brendan Cox, a public affairs officer, said the department received a call Monday indicating the moose may have been killed illegally.

On Sunday, the officers received a report the moose had died of natural causes.

Colleen Baradoy of Raven, whose house overlooks Adams Lake, said she woke up on Sunday morning to see a trail of blood where the animal was dragged.

“We could see she was shot and gutted on the spot,” said Baradoy. “And then he hauled her away.”

On Friday, Baradoy and her painter, Harvey Von Hollen of Red Deer, and others pulled the young moose from a fishing hole in Adams Lake, south of Red Deer.

The calf moose was believed to have been in the water for about five hours. After the rescue, neighbours gave her food and water while she rested. Baradoy said she stayed close to the hole most of Friday and only ventured a short distance away. On Saturday, the calf was resting near the hole again but in a different spot.

Baradoy said the calf did not seem like she was suffering on Saturday.

She said a neighbour called her a few times after the rescue, indicating the moose should be shot because it wasn’t doing well.

Baradoy said she is devastated because she and her husband bonded with the animal.

“I am really mad,” said Red Deer painter Harvey Von Hollen, who was one of the volunteers who were part of the rescue. “They should have let nature take its course or let Fish and Wildlife make the decision.”

Moose hunting ended on Nov. 30. Hunters must have a special licence to hunt moose within the season.

Violators may face hefty fines and possibly jail time for poaching or hunting outside the season. Cox said if it is authorized by the Fish and Wildlife officers, someone can euthanize an animal out of season if it is in distress or suffering.

crhyno@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Businessman and volunteer named 2019 Citizen of the Year

John Donald’s parents and sister were each honoured previously

School leader named Red Deer Young Citizen of the Year

Leading by example at Hunting Hills High School

Suspects shot at pursuing police during crime spree

No police officers were injured in May 17 shooting

Mental health survey looks at children and youth in Red Deer

Parent and guardians experiences accessing services for children

Respect Day in Red Deer

Sexual Violence Awareness Month in Red Deer

B.C.’s fight to regulate bitumen through pipelines to go to Canada’s top court

BC Appeal Court judges found B.C. cannot restrict bitumen flow along Trans Mountain pipeline

Cast your votes for the Best of Red Deer

Nominations for the Best of Red Deer Readers’ Choice Awards are officially… Continue reading

College Beat: Convocation celebrates success and future possibilities

On June 7, at our Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, we… Continue reading

Veer: Public safety is council’s top priority

The number one question that City Council continues to hear from our… Continue reading

Padres knock off Blue Jays 6-3

Padres 6, Blue Jays 3 TORONTO — Hunter Renfroe hit a tiebreaking… Continue reading

Scholarship named in honour of young Lacombe crash victim

Scholarship given to committed Grade 12 teen mentors in the community

O Canada: Hockey hotbed now produces tennis players, too

ROME — It’s typically Canadian that Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Bianca… Continue reading

Proctor back chasing running records after cross-Canada speed attempt

CALGARY — Dave Proctors’ attempted speed record across Canada last summer was… Continue reading

Big names headed to New Mexico to film ‘The Comeback Trail’

SANTA FE, N.M. — Oscar winners Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones… Continue reading

Most Read