Saskatchewan

Moose jawless in Moose Jaw

Jaws have been dropping around Moose Jaw over the state of one of the city's best-known tourism icons.

Jaws have been dropping around Moose Jawover the state of one of the city's best-known tourism icons.

Mac the moose, the city tourism bureau's oversized roadside attraction, has lost his jaw.

It's not the first time the Fibreglass and concretestatue hassuffered a mishap — it's been a target of vandalsand pranksters on severaloccasions over the past two decades.

This time, according to tourism officials, it's believed the chunk broke off in May, simply because it had been out in the elements too long and some of the wire mesh holding it together had rusted.

Tourism Moose Jaw spokeswoman Candis Fitzpatrick told CBC about herdismay at seeing Mac take it on the chin.

"It was just such a sinking feeling," she said. "First of all, you are concerned about how it happened and what happened and everything."

It will cost about $30,000 to fix the 9,000-kilogram statue.

A campaign by the tourism board has already been launched, with T-shirts for sale bearing the image of the mascot.

"We just knew we couldn't be without Mac," Fitzpatrick said. "He's become such an icon for the city."