Reward offered after moose shot on fenced Cochrane property

A wildlife organization in the Cochrane area says a reward is being offered for information about who shot two moose on the fenced property.
Clio Smeeton talks about the two moose shot at the Cochrane Ecological Institute. 1:26

A wildlife organization in the Cochrane area says a reward is being offered for information about who shot two moose on the fenced property.

The moose, Polly and Beau, were shot within a few days of each other on the Cochrane Ecological Institute’s property.

“One of them died right near the house and the other one we know was shot from the road [on Friday night],” said Catriona Matheson, one of the directors. “It’s so senseless.”

The organization takes in injured and orphaned animals for release.

In the last eight years, five moose have been shot on the fenced 160-acre property despite lots of “No Hunting” signs in the area.

“We figured it is pretty much either people who want to kill for the sake of killing, or it’s hunters who don’t understand the rules of hunting and they pull off the side of the road when they see a moose and shoot it.”

One the organization's supporters is offering a reward for information leading to the poachers.

There are no more moose on the property. Matheson has contacted the RCMP and Alberta fish and wildlife officers.

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