British Columbia, Canada – A B.C. man has been fired from his job after saving a moose calf who he says was being pursued by a bear. According to sources, Mark Skage took action after seeing the calf on a busy highway, narrowly missing being struck by cars.
He claims that he pulled over and got out of his company vehicle, intending to scare the calf off of the busy roadway, but when he opened the door, the baby moose trotted over and attempted to climb in the truck.
Skage said that while he waited, looking for the baby’s mother, he noticed a black bear lurking nearby. Skage said:
‘After the second time she tried to get in, I looked up across the road, I just happened to glance over there — and halfway across the ditch, maybe like 50 yards, there was a black bear standing there,’
After spotting the bear, and witnessing the calf nearly getting hit by cars, he decided to drive the calf to somewhere safe. On the journey, he phoned a B.C. Conservation Officer Service, and ultimately the calf wound up at a wildlife rehabilitation center for care.
Skage’s good deed resulted in his employer, AFD Petroleum Inc., firing him for breaking wildlife protocols. Despite the loss of his job, Skage does not regret his decision to save the animal’s life, explaining his decision to CBC News:
“It wasn’t just one moose calf that God saved. It was a whole bunch … She’s gonna grow up and have lots of babies, and her babies will have babies. I think it’s a positive. I believe that in my heart.”
In a statement, AFD Petroleum president Dale Reimer explained the decision to terminate Skage from his job:
“Instead of reporting the situation to a conservation officer and allowing the authorities to handle the rescue and relocation of the moose, the individual made the independent decision to transport an uninjured moose calf, a wild animal, in the front seat of his company vehicle for many hours. This not only put the employee and other road users at risk but also potentially caused distress and harm to the moose.”
The incident is being investigated by B.C. Conservation Officer Service.
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