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A cow moose and her calf are seen in Riding Mountain National Park.

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Vince Crichton has been ringing the warning bell for some time about the demise of our moose populations (The beauty of the beast, Jan. 11), only to have his words fall on deaf ears.

I have had the privilege of seeing many moose in the wilds of Manitoba, as well as hungry packs of wolves hot on their trails looking for their next meal.

Humans have unfairly tipped the scale against moose. This majestic icon of the forest needs our help and so far we have turned our backs.

The provincial and federal governments have missed the call to action to reverse the decline of these animals. Outdated, impractical laws are proving to be taxing to all of our wildlife.

In our ever-changing world, humans have the resources to adapt to change. These animals don't have those same resources. Manitoba's futile effort to preserve these animals and stop their decline is both sad and embarrassing.

If some sort of effective strategy isn't developed, it won't be long until we hear Mr. Crichton say "I told you so."

CORY TRUMBLA

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Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 14, 2014 A7

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