Conservation Officers are searching for two orphaned moose near Fernie.
A cow moose was struck and killed on Highway 3 west of the city earlier this week, leaving behind two small calves to fend for themselves.
CO Patricia Burley says a team of volunteers have been trying to capture the two-week-olds near the Lizard Creek Bridge to be taken to a rehab center.
“Last night, we had three volunteers and myself trying to herd them. They are quite fast and its a bit of a safety concern,” Burley says. “Because its right along Highway 3, its an 80 kilometre an hour zone. The traffic is busy and the calves are running back and forth over the highway.”
The last reported sighting of the animals was around 9 pm last night. Burley says a team of volunteers have been unable to capture them.
“We are asking the public to keep an eye out and make reports,” Burley says. “That way, we can try and react quickly because we have a tranquilizer gun to try to drug them. At this point, trying to capture them by hand is going to be quite difficult.”
Burley says the moose calves are about the size of a large dog and move very fast.
You can contact volunteers with any sightings at (250) 919-6207.
(Photo of moose family courtesy of Keya White)
– Conservation Officer Patricia Burley, Elk Valley
– Jeff Johnson