Murder of a rare “soul” Canada Residents of Ontario’s northern community have been shocked and asked to offer a reward to someone from the First Nation who could help authorities catch suspected poachers.
Residents around the town of Timmins have long seen tales of ghost-white moose populations quietly roaming the aspen and pine forests.
But hunters recently killed two female rats, including a white cow. The remains, including their heads, were dumped along a remote service road.
“Everyone is angry and sad. Why would you shoot it? No one needs to be bad, “said Murray Ray, chief of the nearby Flying Post First Nation. “If you have a license to shoot a cow, you can shoot another. Just leave the white alone. ”
Moose are not albinos, but derive their color from colored genes. Among the indigenous peoples of the region, white animals such as bison, crows and Grizzly Bear, Are considered sacred and should not be harmed.
Troy Woodhouse, a member of the Flying Postcom community, said: “No one knows exactly how many people are in the area, so there are many who are at risk of losing a spiritual rat.”
Many years ago, when he and his wife were fishing in the Groundog River, Woodhouse saw a white figure on a tree line. When they arrived in their boat, the couple suddenly spotted a young white bull, Moose, standing near Vadaha’s grandfather’s house.
“It was a sign that he was watching over us on earth. It was very special to me, ”he said.
Mark Clement, a local photographer, has seen many Moses over the years. He knows of at least four white bulls – and estimates that there could be as many as 30 in the area.
Although the white mouse has been seen in the area for more than 40 years, it has only gained legal protection in the last decade. These are no different species, but throughout the region, signs warn against killing them – the only place in the country where such a law exists.
In 2013, a white mouse was killed by a group of poachers in the province of Nova Scotia, angering locals. After realizing their mistake, the hunters returned the stone to Mikmak for a multi-day celebration – but kept the head as a trophy. The Flying Post Nation has requested that Moss return the modern spirit to them so that a ceremony can be held in his honor.
Wildlife officials have asked the public to come forward with any evidence that could lead to charges. Woodhouse has also offered a prize of (1000 (60 760).
“I am a proud Flying Post First Nation member and I wanted to help in any way I could,” he said. “Because I’m so far away, I thought I could donate some money to raise awareness and encourage others to share their concerns.”
News of his offer spread rapidly. A local drilling company matched Woodhaus’s offer and an animal welfare group offered $ 5,000. Now the total is ,000 8,000.
“It is possible that the hunters tried to catch one rat and the other got into an accident. If someone comes forward and admits what they did, I will get my share of any legal fees from them, “Woodhouse said. “There is a lot of negativity in the world today. It’s great to see some people band together and try to turn it into something positive. ”