A rare white moose has been illegally killed by hunters in Ontario, causing outrage and shock among First Nations across Canada.
The bodies of two female moose were found abandoned along a service road in Timmins, Ont., Among them a sacred white ‘spirit’ moose, The Guardian reported.
White moose, which are not albino but are said to have the rare coloration of a recessive gene, are legally protected from poaching in the region under the 1997 Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. There are signs that warn against killing the different creatures.
Moose in the Timmins area that are over 50% white are protected under the Canada Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1997.
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“Everyone is outraged and sad. Why would you film it? Nobody needs it this bad, ”Chief Murray Ray of the neighboring Flying Post First Nation told The Guardian. “If you have a license to kill a cow moose, you can shoot another. Leave the whites alone.
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It is not known how many ‘spiritual’ moose are in the area, but an area photographer, Mark Clement, has estimated that there could be as many as 30 spread across the area, according to the outlet. .
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Officials have called on those with information to come forward. Members of the community also raised $ 8,000 on Monday as a reward for anyone with information on poachers that could lead to charges.
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