In most countries, police are deployed to deal with the worst of the worst. We’re talking murderers, loan sharks, thieves and other assorted crooks. The kinds of people society would rather see locked up behind bars, and never have to deal with again.
Here in Canada, however, police have their hands full with something a little different. Our proud men and women in uniform are spending their time searching for a man who rode a moose in B.C.
Don’t you love this country?
Authorities are pouring over a video posted to YouTube yesterday that shows a man hopping onto the back of a swimming moose. In the clip, a boat is seen pursuing the animal as it swims away in what is believed to be the Tuchodi Lakes. Just as the boat gets close, one man on board leaps onto the moose’s back while the rest of the group laughs hysterically.
“I’ve never seen something so awesome!” one of the men on the boat yelled.
Authorities aren’t seeing what’s so “awesome” about it though. Conservation officers say, if found, the moose-riding man could be charged with animal harassment.
“I was absolutely disgusted,” said Steve Wolfe, the hunter who found the video and alerted police. “Not only is it illegal, it’s absolutely unethical.”
This isn’t the first time someone has attempted to ride a swimming moose, either (this is Canada, after all). In 2013, two men were fined $2,500 after attempting a similar stunt in Ontario, even though no one ever actually jumped on the moose. That was lucky though, considering the fines for this kind of behaviour can reach as high as $100,000.
With that in mind, we hope this guy’s little ride was worth it. Because it looks like he’ll be paying for it for a long time.