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Let’s all just leave the moose alone

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Someday it may be routine to see moose at a strip mall parking lot. Wildlife with sufficient habitat and unmolested by pesky humans will be prolific, and our urban habitat not so bad as to discourage occasional tourists. If we are lucky we have moose to look forward to.

But there is some very wise advice for the native species: Be kind to our moose visitors. They are high-strung and sensitive beings who don’t enjoy being photographed or followed by solicitors, evangelists on bicycles or curious people in Subaru Foresters. The state Wildlife Department is right. There is nothing so dangerous as a moose harassed by the paparazzi. Those looking for Facebook fodder and moose gone wild should consider the golden moose rule: Do unto moose as you would have moose do unto you. You don’t want moose chasing you with a smartphone up to their eye, wondering what hilarity may ensue if you run onto North Wenatchee Avenue.

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