A young moose, pushed into central Quebec in search of food and urban sprawl, managed to sow seeds in a wooded area near Laval University on Wednesday morning, experts said.
The animal was first seen by a citizen around 4:40 a.m. near the RAMQ offices on Grande Allée Ouest.
Photo courtesy of SPVQ
The moose, which would be juvenile, was seen many times in central Quebec before sowing authorities in a wooded area near Laval University.
Others reported his presence moments later in front of the Bois-de-Coulonge park, before putting his paws around his neck.
Around 6 a.m. the Quebec City Police Service (SPVQ) searched for him near the PEPS at Laval University.
However, authorities quickly lost track when the animal ran into a wooded area east of campus.
“There was no evidence the animal was injured or posed a threat to the public,” SPVQ spokesman David Poitras said in the morning.
“But we ask citizens, and motorists in particular, to remain vigilant when driving in the area,” he continued, noting that he had contacted wildlife protection for reinforcement.
According to Jean-Pierre Tremblay, a professor of biology at Laval University, the moose, whose size suggests a juvenile age, was probably foraging for food after being rejected by its mother.
“It’s the time of year when the females have cubs, pushing back those from the previous year who need to find a place to live and feed,” he explains. Here they will undertake larger journeys. »
The specimen spotted in Quebec could also have come from the northern periphery as well as across the river, as swimming is far from an impediment for this species.
According to the biologist, the animal most likely used “green corridors”, such as the areas reserved for crossing hydroelectric power lines.
That would explain how he got this far into the city before being spotted.
More recurring situations
This situation is reminiscent of the polar bear that wandered through a village in Haute-Gaspésie last April, or the black bear that took refuge in a tree in Sainte-Foy in October 2019.
“This type of behavior is likely to become more common, it’s inevitable. Mainly because of urban sprawl, but also because of logging,” says Daniel Fortin, also a biology professor at the Université Laval.
Logging increases the available food for bears and moose, which increases their populations, and as their territory shrinks, the likelihood of them ending up in the city increases, specifies Mr. Fortin.
Unfortunately, for the two biologists, there is no miracle recipe for curbing this phenomenon.
We just have to slow down the urban sprawl and avoid feeding the wild animals.