Mi’kmaq communities in Cape Breton are upset after hunters shot a rare albino moose last week.
The white moose was killed near Belle Cote, N.S.
“This is what we call a spirit animal,” said Clifford Paul, moose management co-ordinator for the Unamaki Institute of Natural Resources.
Mi’kmaq hunter Danny Paul said aboriginal communities have known about the moose for years, but refrained from killing it because white animals are considered sacred.
The natives believed that white animals can be forms taken by their ancestors to signal something important is going to happen. They teach reverence of them and not to harm them. The hunter said he was not aware of the spiritual importance. It was obviously a unique animal. There is backlash against the local game commission accusing them of not doing enough to protect it.
Here is a picture of the moose “trophy”. Other photos show proud hunters after killing the animal and some dishonorable photos showing the body secured in a trailer with a pile of miscellaneous stuff. No wonder the pictures caused such outrage. I’m not against killing animals but, if this is how you get your macho jollies, by disrespect for nature, it’s pretty disgusting to look at.