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Vermont Says Man Must Give Up Pet Moose / Protesters go to bat for 'Pete the moose' - with pics
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David Lawrence talks to Pete the moose in Irasburg, Vt., Thursday, July 30, 2009. Pete was raised by 73-year-old Lawrence, who nursed the then-newborn moose back to health after Pete had been injured by dogs.
(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)


David Lawrence rubs the head of Pete the moose in Irasburg, Vt., Thursday, July 30, 2009. Pete was raised by 73-year-old Lawrence, who nursed the then-newborn moose back to health after Pete had been injured by dogs.
(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)


Vermont Says Man Must Give Up Pet Moose
Albany Man Trying To Save Moose's Life

Posted: 10:43 am EDT July 31, 2009Updated: 1:54 pm EDT July 31, 2009

IRASBURG, Vt. -- A Vermont man rescued a baby moose from dogs that had chewed up his hips, but it doesn't look like David Lawrence can protect the moose from state wildlife officials who say the now-grown bull must be killed.

Every day Lawrence makes the trip from Albany, Vt., to an Irasburg farm to visit Pete, a male moose whose affection he earned by nursing the bull back to health with a daily supply of food, reported WPTZ-TV in Plattsburgh, N.Y.

"He expects me to come through the gate every day. This area has become his home because he knows I'm going to come see him," Lawrence said.

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The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department takes issue with Pete living on the farm, along with the other wild animals that are fenced in the farm.

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http://www.wftv.com/news/20236771/detail.html



Protesters go to bat for 'Pete the moose'


By Thatcher Moats Times Argus Staff - Published: July 31, 2009

WATERBURY Waving signs and shouting slogans, about 20 protestors gathered in Waterbury on Thursday evening to show their support for Pete the Moose, an animal many people believe is under threat from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

"These guys can't speak for themselves, so we need to speak for them," said Donna Underwood-Owens, a 64-year-old Essex resident.

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Fish and Wildlife is negotiating with Nelson about what steps to take to rid the property of the native animals, and Nelson said that Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Wayne Laroche told him his department would kill the animals, including Pete, in the coming weeks.

Wildlife officials worry that the imported elk might spread diseases, particularly chronic wasting disease, to Vermont's native deer and moose population, and having the native animals living there is against state regulations.


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http://www.timesargus.com/article/20090731/NEWS02/90731...







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