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Battleford moose sighting prompts wildlife safety reminder

A moose sighting on Finlayson Island has prompted the town of Battleford to remind residents to steer clear of wildlife. Finlayson Island, a small island on the North Saskatchewan River, sits between Battleford and the city of North Battleford.

The island often sees wildlife specimens close to the trail system that people can walk on. A moose sighting prompted a Facebook post regarding wildlife safety tips. Director of Parks and Recreation for the town of Battleford, Jordan Schechtel, says it’s important to make sure wild animals are given the space they deserve.

“There’s lots of wildlife down there that people encounter. From the town’s perspective, we just want to make sure people are reminded to give the wildlife down there some space, and not approach them or anything like that,” says Schechtel.

In cases of moose sightings, people are reminded to give them plenty of space, keep dogs on a leash and under control. Making noise can make the moose aware that you’re coming, and it’s important to keep aware of your surroundings. Caution and common sense can go a long way in preventing problems with wild animals. Schechtel thinks it’s important for people to be mindful of the animal kingdom.

“It’s very common to see wildlife down there, especially in the summertime cause there are more people on the island at that time. People just need to be aware that they’re not the only ones down there.”

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It’s unclear at this time if the moose made its way back into the wild or was captured by anyone.

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