Identifying a solution to how the city will deal with incidents involving large wild mammals is “a top priority” for the city, a program and project officer with bylaw and regulatory services said.

Following Thursday’s meeting between the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ottawa police, the National Capital Commission and the city’s bylaw and regulatory services branch, staff will work within the existing budget to identify the most appropriate and qualified contract wildlife specialist to provide services should another moose wander into city limits, Christine Hartig said in a note to council.

The various agencies will continue to work together and bring their respective expertise to the table, Hartig wrote.

Meanwhile, an animal rights group is planning a protest at the Ottawa police headquarters at noon Friday.

The Ottawa Animal Defense League is asking for a plan of action to deal with wildlife in the city to be developed immediately.

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