UPDATE: More moose causing problems
In the past two weeks there's been not one, not two, but three moose spotted in Regina and a few spotted in Saskatoon as well.
Saturday afternoon, two, large adolescent Bull Moose were spotted enjoying a meal of the vegetation near the Saskatoon airport.
Saskatchewan Environmental Resource Managment (S.E.R.M) were concerned due to the animals size and location within the city. S.E.R.M members delivered a projectile sedative.
The animals were later moved to a remote location outside of the city. S.E.R.M said they are expecting the animals to recover fully.
Brad Tokaruk is an allocation specialist with the Ministry of Environment.
He said moose having been gaining in population and spring is when they start moving around more.
“Over the past number of years moose have become established in farm land Saskatchewan and southern Saskatchewan. It’s been a gradual increase over the past 30 years but it’s definitely been happening.”
Tokaruk said he’s heard from conservation officers that moose have become more and more of a problem, and they’re getting concerned about moose population numbers, “especially in urban areas and major traffic routes.”
But the Ministry has developed a moose management strategy which involves allowing more hunting licenses in the areas where there are larger populations.
Moose numbers are rising in southern Saskatchewan by Tokaruk said they aren’t bringing other animals with them and they aren’t changing the landscape to suit them.
“Moose have changed their habits a little bit to adapt to this more prairie landscape. But we don’t think it’s having an impact on other species.”