Advisory of the Day
MOOSE IN WATER
The residents of Anchor Point, Newfoundland were in for a big surprise last weekend as a wandering moose was unfortunate enough to find herself lodged in the ice of the water supply. The area around the water intake does not freeze due to the current, and it is thought that the moose got into the water and was unable to climb back out, resulting in her drowning.
According to Anchor Point's town clerk, Sharon Gaulton, the moose was dead upon discovery and was estimated to have been in the ice since approximately Thursday, February 6th, two or three days in total. The full-grown cow moose had to be chiseled out of the ice prior to her removal from the area, and was then picked up by Wildlife and Conservation for proper handling and disposal.
A boil water advisory has been issued for Anchor Point as a precautionary measure. The water has since been treated with higher levels of chlorine, a standard water disinfectant, which is expected to negate any changes caused by the moose's untimely demise. Gaulton noted that the advisory is expected to last two to three weeks - not due to excess risk to citizens, but because health inspectors are located a significant distance from Anchor Point.
Citizens of Anchor Point have been advised of the boil water advisory through the use of social media, such as Twitter, and via radio broadcasting.