A Canada man has affirmed that he was fired from his job at a fuel supplier because he rescued a running moose calf who was escaping from the attack of a black bear. The man opened his truck’s doors to let the animal in and saved it from the desperate situation.
The former worker, identified as Mark Skage, was an employee for AFD Petroleum Inc. Reportedly, he was driving back from a job site when he spotted a baby moose around the sides of the British Columbia roads in Canada on June 6.
The man pulled over and got off his car. After this, the baby moose tried to climb into his truck to save itself from a potential predator attack. According to Skage, he had noticed a black bear that was coming after the “few days old” moose calf.” Eventually, he told CBC News:
“I just couldn’t do it, in my heart. People can say all they want. I know as outdoorsmen, we talk about predator control. … Black bears are the number one predator for those calves. So I just thought, ‘Well, I can’t take care of the predator, but I guess maybe I can try and help out this little calf,’”
The man took the baby animal to a rehab center until she was finally able to be released. He called her “Misty” and stated that the personnel will let her grow a little bit more before putting her back into the wild areas of British Columbia.
Unfortunately, his former job at AFD Petroleum had a problem with the rescue. Skage stated that the company thought that letting him go was the best idea since his behavior was against the law. Wildlife regulations state that residents in these areas are not allowed to take animals and transport wildlife. The company stated:
“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.”