'We were the first': Moose Jaw, Norway just battling for 2nd says Ontario home of the original largest moose
'Max is so lifelike, we had a guy shoot him one time'
The recent Norway-Moose Jaw rivalry has residents in Moose Jaw looking into options for super-sizing Mac the Moose including larger antlers, a hat or a taller platform.
Max the Moose was built in 1962, around two decades before Mac the Moose in Moose Jaw.
"Max the moose is like the most important thing in this town," Dryden resident Joy Auren said. "He's visible for everyone and it encourages people to stop by and fall in love with our town."
Auren is the organizer of the annual summer "Max the Moosefest" in Dryden.
"Max is a great time," Auren said. "Because we have so many moose in the area, it just stood to reason that we would honour one of our monuments in the wilderness."
Auren's husband Robert Burritt said Max the Moose looks exactly like a real moose.
"As a matter of fact, Max is so lifelike we had—I hope it's not a local guy but maybe—had a guy shoot him one time," Burritt said. "Now the guy might have had a little too much."
Auren said when the people in the area heard about Mac the Moose being built in Moose Jaw, they weren't worried.
"We were the first," she said. "It doesn't matter what you kids do, our Max the moose is the oldest moose."
"Our Max is number one," Auren said. "Moose Jaw and Norway go ahead, duke it out for second place you youngsters. First place is already taken."
"There's a couple of picnic tables, couple of benches, nice grass area and a tourist information bureau," he said.
Laidlaw said Max the Moose is made from a metal frame with a mesh, then a concrete plaster that's painted.
"But I will take my hat off to the folks in Moose Jaw who created a nice ginormous moose to celebrate a moose where moose don't live," Laidlaw said.
"Go ahead. You know you've got the name, flaunt it," Laidlaw said. "We know we've got the real moose here."