For the third time this month, a moose in the Ottawa area has been shot and killed by police.
On Wednesday morning, Russell County Ontario Provincial Police shot a moose that had wandered into residential Rockland. Officers unsuccessfully attempted to direct the animal out of the city.
When the moose eventually made its way to the area of Carrefour Jeunesse Elementary School, officers shot the animal in the interest of public safety.
Ottawa-Orleans MPP Phil McNeely said the city should hire a third-party contractor that could be available on short notice to tranquilize and remove the moose.
“It’s unfortunate when we have such a small population of moose locally, that we have three of them killed this spring,” said McNeely.
The city, Ottawa police and the Ministry of Natural Resources are meeting Thursday to find a solution to deal with moose that wander into city limits.