Moose that caused traffic delays prior to Banjo Bowl dies

A moose that was on the loose for two days in Winnipeg and almost delayed the start of a Canadian Football League game has died after being tranquilized.

Manitoba’s Sustainable Development department says two days of running around the Manitoba capital was too much for the moose, which was first seen Friday morning behind a school in the city’s Fort Garry neighbourhood.

The next day, it turned up in a grassy area outside Investors Group Field just as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were preparing to take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Police blocked off routes to the stadium to keep fans from getting in the way as conservation staff attempted to corner the animal, and the Blue Bombers considered delaying the start of the game.

Conservation officers managed to tranquilize the moose, which was between two and three years old, and were planning to remove it to a remote location.

However, it did not survive.

“The stress and exertion of running through a populated urban area in hot weather for two days took a toll on the moose and unfortunately it did not survive transport,” the Sustainable Development department said Monday in a statement.

“Public safety is paramount and the officers made every effort (Saturday) to ensure no one got hurt.”

Joe Johannesson, the conservation officer supervisor for the Winnipeg district, said the moose evaded capture Friday evening by jumping into the Red River and swimming to the other side.

Johannesson said it’s rare for moose to come into the city, but there are natural corridors along river banks that make it possible.


23 Comments on Moose that caused traffic delays prior to Banjo Bowl dies

  1. Only in Canada

  2. Bobby Boucher // September 11, 2017 at 3:52 pm //

    Well the Rabbit done died the week before this here Moose up and died. Both weekends we made us some really good home cooked grub. First we’ had our Friendly Manitoba licences Pick up truck tail gaten at Mosaic. Cookin up BBQ rabbit. Then we watched us a 1st Qtr massacre of our beloved Bombers. Then in the Peg We’s drove our super duper home made Moose Spinner to the game to rotate us that there big ass hunk of Moose. Then we preceded to watch and listen on how’s ya take back that week earlier Whoopin by Handen one right back. Yeeehaw that was some fun winnin that Banjo bowl trophy again. As Bombers we are the Banjo kings of this here footsball league.

  3. white stallion in red // September 11, 2017 at 4:08 pm //

    RIP little noose

  4. And in other news,…. P.E.T.A. has announced a boycott of the September 22nd game at new Winnipeg Stadium…. details at 11:00pm.

  5. This was a professional hit! Word is Moose was about to go public with some dirt on that million $ screw job earlier in the season….agents were seen leaving in a Safeway van.

  6. Skin it, tan the hide, process the meat, eat like a king for months and stay warm under your moose hide blanket while watching the CFL.

    Or, be disgusted as the gubernment lets the meat and hide spoil because… its 2017! Can’t eat Bambi!

  7. The story of the moose running around before the game in Winnipeg was in the Taipei Times yesterday here in Taiwan.

  8. Moose don’t die from stress. Especially young Moose. The idiot game control killed it with an OD from the trank gun. Coverup is on

  9. Very sad.

  10. Well if that’s true about the Moose sadly leaving us like Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin and Jimmy Hendrix did. I sure hope the other young Moose in the area have taken notice and won’t try to hang around so long they end up getting the HOT syringe from hell shot at them. You could see by the Mooses eyes that it was trippin. Pretty sure it was seeing psychedelic patterns and colours at the same time it heard the Sitar playing with a rock band in a 2017 version of Lucy in the sky with diamonds.

  11. Disgusted Always // September 11, 2017 at 11:23 pm //

    “Manitoba’s Sustainable Development department” LOL
    Can you say “Agenda 21” ?
    Trying to sustain their outrageous wages and even more ridiculous pensions is all they are trying to sustain.
    Fire the whole lot of losers !

  12. I am going to be very suspicious if they have a tailgate party before the Next Bomber Home game and they are serving moose burgers.

  13. The young moose died while being transported due to “stress, exertion and hot weather” but apparently NOT from a certain dose of tranquilizer shot into it by the Sustainable Development officer who made “every effort to ensure nobody got hurt”.

  14. Marc Antony // September 12, 2017 at 2:32 am //

    It always bothers me when animals have to die for nothing. I don’t think it’s funny. It’s pathetic and sad.

  15. I do not know why classless people come on here to joke about the death of this poor moose do you guy not have anything better to do with ur life like seriously

    • Relax. It’s just one moose. There’s plenty more where that came from.

    • Ah….Marc……Dave…….I have some jarring news for you about where the footballs come from. No, they are not raised cruelty free on a sustainable commune in Alberta.
      No worries there is a safe space just outside the stadium for you. Sorry if any of these micro aggressions against Gaia’s children has triggered you.
      Worse yet……Canadian balls are BIGGER……thus more suffering…oh the horror!

  16. Dr. Auch Mud (it's on me again) // September 12, 2017 at 9:32 am //

    Man take a chill pill. No one is happy about what happened to the Moose.
    It’s not a sports story. Even if there wouldn’t have been a football game. The same procedure would have been done.
    If they are going to write stories and post it on a sports blog. It’s going to be comically ridiculed. Lightning the mood is a very healthy way for humans to deal with an uncomfortable situation.
    People have to lighten up. No wonder so many of us are getting sick and or dying early in life from stress related illnesses.
    If a Moose story has someone verbally attacking many others because of how they deal with the news. Then I would suggest that someone needs to lighten up and just let it go. It’s not worth it. Seriously!

  17. Disgusted Always // September 12, 2017 at 9:23 pm //

    The majority of “Conversation Officers” get their degrees at Crusty Clown School so who needs to be surprised when the shoot first, ask questions later approach is taken?
    And as usual, the tables have turned on the people too. Before it was rich people watching poor people play sports, now it’s poor people watching rich people play sports. And God forbid a little moose causing the poor people to have to wait a bit to see Sask’s American football players battling against Man’s American football players. Maybe the moose heard about a white elephant he might like to see but it turns out it was just a Stadium. Let’s all give a hand to the tax payers shall we.

  18. RalphInTheCreek // September 13, 2017 at 7:49 am //

    The crack team of conservationists.

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