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Know your moose well…

Good morning, Netizens…

Don’t try this at home department.

May 21, 2010 Alison Redlich/AP For Pete’s sake: David Lawrence feeds an apple to Pete, a moose who is blissfully unaware of how close he came to death at a game preserve in Irasburg, Vt. Pete became an online cause celebre after the state of Vermont ordered him removed from the preserve or put down because of the potential of spreading disease to farm-raised elk that also share the compound. The Web campaign worked: He will be allowed to stay on the preserve under a compromise fashioned by state lawmakers.

Now if you were to stroll up close to a moose in the wild, it might trample you into the mud or simply charge off down the canyon, for you see a moose’s attitude changes at the drop of a hat from easy going to better get going. The bad part is a moose is as big as a barn and can be quite a handful. A friend many years ago drove his tractor-trailer into a moose on the highway near Clark Fork, Idaho and totalled his truck and ended up in the hospital. The moose simply limped off into the woods never to be seen again.

We even occasionally see moose wandering around Spokane. Unfortunately we sometimes elect them into public office, which can have thoroughly unpredictable and sometimes nasty outcomes, regardless if we feed them apples.


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