A young moose was killed after being impaled by a fence in a neighborhood outside of Calgary, and residents say this was not the first time the spikes were fatal.
The incident occurred Tuesday evening in the Watermark community in Bearspaw, located along 80th Avenue NW west of 12 Mile Coulee Road.
Sameer Sheth says the disturbing scene took place in his back yard and traumatized his young daughter.
He says he woke up to two moose on his property and quickly realized that a third was trapped upside down in the dirt on the fence.
“The corpse was hanging and crying in pain … we called 911 immediately.”
Game rangers came to help the one year old bull elk, but he had a huge opening on his side as the fence protruded through his body
“Then the moose fell into our garden and we waited to see if it was moving or if it was okay?” he said.
Sameer Sheth says a moose was impaled on a spiky metal fence surrounding its property, leading to Fish and Wildlife to euthanize the animal. (Same Sheth)
“The RCMP officer gave us a phone number and said that moose can generally recover, but if not, give us a call and we will come in and put them to sleep.”
But what Sheth noticed was how much pain the moose left behind.
“When we visited the moose in our back yard [in the morning] the moose tried to run and many red things fell under it. The inner parts of the moose were hanging out. It had a big cut. “
Fish and Wildlife came back shortly after and put the animal in – and said in an email to CBC News that its injuries were too severe.
“These incidents are relatively rare, but residents should be aware that things on their property can affect wildlife. Residents may consider replacing or removing fences with metal spikes to avoid such situations, “the Alberta government said in an email.
‘Killer fence’ has been fatal in the past
Resident Anne Coulson says this is the fifth time wildlife has been fatally injured by what she calls the “killer fence”.
She says a wildlife corridor runs through the area connecting Bearspaw Ridge to the Bow River Valley, making it a popular spot for wildlife.
However, it can also cause animals to jump over the dangerous fence that separates private land from public sidewalks and roads.
“There have been several instances where deer have jumped or tried to jump over this fence while crossing the site,” she said. “They all either bleed to death after hours of torture or had to be put to sleep by Fish and Wildlife.”
Because of this, local residents have urged the property’s developer, Macdonald Development Corporation, to update the fence to make it more secure.
But, according to Coulson, she was told the developer won’t pay a dime for it.
“When they found out that it kills wildlife, they have repeatedly had options to discontinue or mitigate its use and have refused,” she said.
“And I think the local residents are reasonable in their belief that the burden of paying for this fence shouldn’t be on them if they weren’t the ones who chose or installed it. But that’s the situation we are in . ”
The recent killing of the moose has now prompted residents to start a petition demanding that the fence be changed or replaced with a spiked fence.
“Our whole community loves the wildlife here. Many of us are professionals who moved outside the city limits to be closer to wildlife and to have more communion with nature, ”she said.
“The result, which I suspect everyone will want, is that the barely poor Macdonald Development Corporation recognizes that it has a moral obligation to retrofit the bad fences.”
In an email to CBC News, the company said that the death of another animal made it truly heartbroken; however, cannot make changes to the fence without consulting the entire community.
“Macdonald Communities looks forward to serving and assisting the community as they work towards a decision as the owner of the fence,” the statement said.
Residents also received an email from CBC saying the company will discuss the issue at its next board meeting later this month.