Canada’s First Nations are grief-stricken and outraged by the killing of a rare white moose in the Ontario area. The moose was part of a rare pack of white moose that inhabit the region and are considered sacred “spirits” by local tribes.
According to The Guardian, the suspects killed two female moose, including one white cow. The animals’ remains, including their heads, were found discarded on a service road.
“Why would you shoot it? No one needs one that bad,” said Chief Murray Ray of Canada’s Flying Post First Nation. “If you have a license to shoot a cow moose, you could shoot another one. Just leave the white ones alone.”
The white moose are not albino but possess a recessive gene which causes their fur to grow an unusual shade of white. Residents near the city of Timmins, Ontario claim that the white moose have inhabited the area for at least 40 years, though they are considered rare.