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Moose killed after being chased by a dog in South Okanagan

A bull moose was killed after being chased into some fencing Tuesday, July 7, 2020.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / B.C. Conservation Officer Service
July 08, 2020 - 1:55 PM

Interactions between dogs and wildlife have caused some issues lately and are prompting the B.C. Conservation Officer Service to remind dog owners to keep their pets in check.

According to a press release from the conservation service, a deer and a moose were recently chased and attacked by dogs in separate incidents near Naramata.

"The dog owner was fined $345 in the incident involving the deer, which died of its injuries," the release reads.

"In the latest incident on Tuesday night, a cow moose was chased and wound up tangled in an orchard fence. Conservation officers were able to cut the distressed moose free, but the animal later died."

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service is investigating the moose incident and are looking for any information that may help them locate the brindle-coloured boxer.

Dogs chasing wildlife can cause injury, stress, exhaustion and death for the animal being pursued, the service said. There is also the danger that deer and moose may run onto a roadway and cause a traffic accident.

Dog owners are being asked to keep their pets leashed or in enclosures to ensure the safety of both dogs and animals. Under the Wildlife Act, it is illegal to cause or allow dogs to chase wildlife.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Report All Poachers and Polluters line at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).

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