Time is of the essence in the search for an orphaned moose calf in Fernie.
This from local wildlife rescuer Colleen Bailey who is leading efforts to locate the young animal whose mother was killed 10 days ago.
The search area is between the Lizard Creek bridge west of the city and the road up to Fernie Alpine resort.
Bailey says they found fresh tracks Tuesday so they still know the calf is in the area.
However, she points out they are facing several challenges as the small 50 pound calf is easily hidden in the bush.
She adds heavy traffic on HWY 3 poses a significant risk to the animal and they want to be careful not to scare it onto the road.
Initially, two calves were being sought but one was fatally struck by a vehicle last weekend while crossing the highway.
Bailey is urging motorists using HWY 3 in the area to slow down.
She believes the remaining calf is moving back and forth from the river to the other side of the road.
Low moose numbers and high mortality rates are a concern in the Elk Valley.
Bailey says they have an opportunity to rehabilitate the calf if it is safely captured.
If you would like to help with the search efforts or if you see the calf you call 250-919-6207.
– Wildlife rescuer Colleen Bailey
(Photo of moose family courtesy of Keya White)