I knew the news was bad as soon as I saw Ed’s face. The bull moose who had been seen in and around the Ausable River in the Wilmington Notch was not doing well. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) officials who had been keeping an eye on his condition determined his injury had worsened and he was deteriorating. The decision was made this morning to put him down and send his body to Albany for pathology studies.
According to DEC spokesman Dave Winchell,
“Today DEC re-assessed the moose located in the Willmington Notch. DEC determined the moose had significant injuries to both its hind legs and its conditioning was deteriorating. After careful consideration of all the factors involved and guided by its Moose Response Manual (www.dec.ny.gov/animals/74663.html), DEC decided the best course of action was to euthanize the moose and remove the carcass from the location.
Euthanizing wildlife is always the option of last resort. Due to the moose’s deteriorating condition, it is unlikely the moose would have been able to remove itself from the ravine and the animal most likely would have died there. Removal of the moose while it was alive was unsafe for both the moose and people involved in that activity.”
RIP Mr. Bull Moose.