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DEC defends killing injured moose in Wilmington

This nice bull moose was recently discovered feeding along the banks of the Ausable River, in the late afternoon. Moose are currently paired as they approach the peak of their annual breeding. Both moose and moose calls have become a rather common occurrence across the Adirondacks in recent years.

This nice bull moose was recently discovered feeding along the banks of the Ausable River, in the late afternoon. Moose are currently paired as they approach the peak of their annual breeding. Both moose and moose calls have become a rather common occurrence across the Adirondacks in recent years. Photo by Bill Moore

— Winchell and Durfey said they don’t believe this situation sets a precedent for handling injured moose as the DEC takes each situation on a case-by-case basis.

“Human safety was certainly a factor here but not the primary factor,” Durfey said. “The welfare of the animal came down to be the deciding factor here.”

A necropsy (autopsy of an animal) of the moose may take weeks or months to receive results Winchill said, and they will be made available when they are submitted.

For more information about the moose manual, go to the DEC website and follow the link: www.dec.ny.gov/animals/74663.html to read the entire protocol.

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