Action needed to deal with moose: driver

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SACKVILLE, N.B. - A Cape Spear man is calling for action after his pickup truck collided with a moose between the Confederation Bridge and Port Elgin.

The mishap occurred on Highway 16 near Melrose around 7 p.m. on Saturday evening as Jimmy Trenholm was driving towards Port Elgin. Trenholm said although he was shaken, and his half-ton truck badly damaged, he was thankful to be able to get out of his vehicle and walk away with no injuries.

"I saw the moose start to cross the road and I had only about three seconds before I hit it; I hit the brakes and then I hit the front of it. It wasn't a real big moose, maybe a year old, but I'm not sure. I know that I killed it," he said.

Trenholm noted that because there appears to be an over-abundance of moose in the Port Elgin to Cape Tormentine area, he suggested the province extend the moose hunting season. He added that cutting of the forests in that region has also given moose a smaller area in which to roam so they tend to wander from one section to another.

"I don't know what the answer is. We've been travelling the shore road (Highway 960, from Timber River to Cape Spear) more and more these days, especially when we're driving at night because there are a lot less cars who are driving slower than on the highway and you have more chance of seeing a moose quicker. On the highway you're blinded by the lights of oncoming cars so if a moose comes out in front of you, you've got no chance of not hitting it," he said.

Trenholme's recent encounter comes on the heels of a fatal moose collision that occurred recently within a few miles of Saturday's mishap. On Dec. 29 a Cape Tormentine couple, who were driving a small compact car, struck and killed a large moose at Malden; 76 year-old Mae Legere died at the scene while her husband Kenneth, the driver of the vehicle, was transported to hospital with serious injuries. He passed away on Jan. 11 at Moncton Hospital as a result of those injuries.

Tantramar MLA and Minister of Agriculture, Aquaculture and Fisheries Mike Olscamp said he's been in consultation with Natural Resources Minister Bruce Northrup recently and will be considering what actions must be taken to address the dangers of moose crossings along Highway 16.

Organizations: Moncton Hospital

Geographic location: Port Elgin, Cape Tormentine, Melrose Timber River

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