To the editor:
A moose has died.
Why wasn't there a better ending to this story? One that exemplified the courage of mankind honoring the animal beast that was in need of its help?
Day one, when I drove through the Notch and saw the crowds of people looking down at what I knew had to have been the moose, I also knew that if he was where they were looking, he was in trouble and that I hoped someone was watching out for him.
As the days progressed, the DEC entered the scene, and I thought, finally, now there were people present with the concern and expertise to help this moose and also to discourage the crowds of onlookers, who certainly by this point must have been causing a great deal of anxiety for the animal.
Large animals all over the world have been rescued by caring people, understandably with great effort and risk, but a challenge faced nevertheless.
Alas, it's unfortunate that the DEC didn't rise to the occasion and have the courage or imagination to help this creature to safety and life. Instead, after four grueling days with injuries, probably starving and with no place to go, the moose was killed.
I can only imagine the daunting task it would have been for the DEC to save this moose. The logistics would have been formidable at best, but who are we if we can't face a difficult situation and do the very best we possibly can to accomplish what needs to be done and not take the easy way out?
How else do we judge the character of humanity other than through our ability to touch the depths of our hearts and souls, reaching for the highest level of our being and responding to the call of the good?
The treatment of the life around us is the revelation of our souls.
There was always a way to save this moose.
How different this story could have been.
Moose saved by the DEC.
Former president of the Adirondack Friends of the Animals