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Gov. Douglas Asks Top Official to Spare Pete the Moose


Animals  (tags: wildanimals, wildlife, moose, governor, intervention )

Raffi
- 1786 days ago - wcax.com
Peter the moose is getting help from the governor. Peter is a young moose raised by David Lawrence on an elk preserve in Irasburg. But the state has a law against wild animals being kept in enclosures, so Pete will have to move or be destroyed.



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Raffi LidoRoiz (312)
Wednesday August 19, 2009, 2:46 pm
Gov. Douglas Asks Top Official to Spare Pete the Moose

Peter the moose is getting help from the governor.

Peter is a young moose raised by David Lawrence on an elk preserve in Irasburg.

But the state has a law against wild animals being kept in enclosures, so Pete will have to move or be destroyed.

Gov. Jim Douglas, R-Vermont, says his office has received numerous calls from Vermonters wanting to save Peter. The governor asked his Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Wayne Laroche to find a solution that doesn't involve killing the moose.

"Obviously it would be good to resolve it, not only for the public interest, and all of the comments people are offering about it. But we also need to make sure no disease spreads to our deer herd. That is the greatest concern we all have. If this spreads to our white-tailed deer herd, that could impose serious harm to hunters," Douglas said.

Euthanizing Peter the moose has always been considered a last resort.

A zoo in New Jersey offered to take Pete and the state says it's looking into it.

A final decision is not expected for another few weeks.
 

Betsy Bee (1049)
Wednesday August 19, 2009, 5:46 pm
I am one of the Vermonters that berated our dear Republican governor, Pete being put down is the absolute last resort, A vet should check him out for diseases and then let him stay where he is, if he is healthy.
 

Tierney G. (383)
Wednesday August 19, 2009, 8:29 pm
Serious harm to the hunters? It figures that is all they care about. I agree with Betsy have a vet check hi m out and let him stay!
 

Raffi LidoRoiz (312)
Wednesday August 19, 2009, 10:25 pm
So do I Tierney-the big, sweet guy.
 

Catherine Turley (198)
Wednesday August 19, 2009, 11:35 pm
i don't get it. if he's in an enclosure, how would he interact with deer. and if the enclosure is on a preserve, why hasn't he been allowed to roam.
 

Alfred Donovan (44)
Thursday August 20, 2009, 5:06 am
This is another story of downright stupidity on the part of our politicians.surely it doesn't take a university degree to come to an acceptable conclusion.The question I would like answerd is if it is unlawful to keep wild animals in an eclosure why was this not pointeed out at the beginning ?.Given a choice I would rather this poor Moose was able to live in his enclosure rather than be desroyed on some beaurocratic nonsense.
 

Dee C. (23)
Thursday August 20, 2009, 12:34 pm
Sorry..keep wild life free..as it is meant to be..As soon as people stop interferring with wild life..they will be better off..
No one has the right to house or keep a wild animal nor should they..

I do hope the governor will keep his political play out of this situation..

Those who truly have an animals best interest at heart would never considering keeping them..It is selfish..wrong and inhumane to the animals..



 

Gorilly Girl (339)
Thursday August 20, 2009, 12:42 pm
Dee that IS absolutley the truth....but in certian circumstances I think I would do the same...MY bad.....

Big Gorilly Hugs
 

Dee C. (23)
Thursday August 20, 2009, 6:03 pm
Gorilly Girl..I know personally how hard it is not to take in critters..When I was a little girl I want to take them all in..Start my very own wildlife haven..But then as I grew older and learned just how harmful this good intent can be to wildlife..I could not help but put my own feeling aside and give them the freedom and respect that they deserved..
I would never want to harm any animal..they already have it bad enough without me.. or anyone putting their own selfish needs/wants in their lives..
So yes..I am very against anyone ever taking an animal from their natural home place..No matter what anyone says.. it is just wrong..and so unfair to them..In this case or any case..There are no exception to the rule of how it harms them..


 
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