Conservation on scene are forced to shoot a moose trapped in the thin ice of the Bulkley River Tuesday. (Chris Gareau photo)

Trapped moose put down

Conservation forced to shoot moose that fell through the thin ice of the Bulkley River by Smithers.

As it became obvious a moose would not be able to free itself from the icy water of the Bulkley River Tuesday, a Conservation officer was forced to shoot it to end its suffering.

A gathering of onlookers on the bridge into Smithers bore unfortunate witness as the shot rang out just after noon. Police were on scene to help with traffic.

While the ice may seem safe to cross, this sad result is a reminder that a flowing river freezes much slower than lakes or ponds and should not be walked on.

UPDATE 3 p.m.

B.C. Conservation officer Brandon Beck explained the call was made to shoot the moose after speaking with an ice rescue expert. The expert agreed that it was too dangerous to attempt a rescue.

Beck said the moose fell in at about 11 a.m., meaning even if it was deemed safe, by the time a rescue could have been organized the animal’s muscles would be suffering myopathy and it would be highly unlikely to survive.

Unfortunately, the death of the moose does not make it much safer to get out to it, so the carcass will not be retrieved. Beck explained that the body will be left for any animals willing to set upon it as it slides under the water and into the river.

 

Just Posted

Repen: FOI data proves Telkwans being ripped off by ICBC

Former Telkwa mayor received a response from ICBC and says the results don’t look good for residents

Fires still burning near Telegraph Creek

BC Wildfire Service assures residents of a proactive plan heading into wildfire season

Northwest entrepreneurs pitch their plans for cash prizes

ThriveNorth announces 12 finalists in this year’s business challenge

CT scanner expected to be up and running by end of June

When tragedy strikes and internal injuries are expected, 30 minutes can make all the difference

Gas prices steady in Smithers

Industry analyst says local retailers not making money, pain yet to come

‘No answers:’ Canadians react to Sri Lanka bombings that killed hundreds

The co-ordinated bomb attacks killed at least 207 people and injured 450 more on Easter Sunday

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

Most Read