There are no regulations in the province of Nova Scotia against shooting a white moose.
Photo Credit: Hnatiuks Hunting Fishing Ltd.

Killing of rare white moose angers aboriginals


Mi’kmaq people in First Nations communities across the eastern province of Nova Scotia were shocked to learn that three hunters shot and killed a rare white moose. Such animals are considered to be “spirit” creatures and are sacred in their culture.

It is considered bad luck to kill a white moose and one chief has offered to perform a special ceremony to counter that and to prevent harm from coming to those who shot it. The hunters have agreed to give up the carcass for that purpose.

White bears are considered to be sacred in western Canada. © CBC

It is not illegal to hunt moose in the Cape Breton region of Nova Scotia. But native people try to educate hunters to walk away from white moose.

In the western province of British Columbia white bears are similarly considered by First Nations people to be sacred. Anyone who kills a white bear there could be subject to a fine of $100,000.

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2 comments on “Killing of rare white moose angers aboriginals
  1. Linda says:

    I don’t know that I could kill any animal. But this was not the only white moose in the CB Highlands, there are now several there. (breeding) the hunters /butcher and taxidermist all gave to the community. The butcher from the community gave his portion to the food bank (aprox 500 lbs ,) the taxidermist took the pelt and the hunters only wanted the meat of which is used for food. the population of the reg moose are down due to the hunts of both natives and lic folk. The skull is also to be given to the natives the head and rack are to be mounted…. Very little is known about the culture of the natives and the story of the white moose.

  2. vo says:

    I am sickened by the killing of this rare and beautiful animal. I am not first nations but I have great respect for their beliefs. The moose was quite large and had obviously lived for many many years unhindered despite sticking out like a sore thumb in the wild.

    It is a shameful act. I hope the hunters read these comments and feel extreme remorse. You need to find out how from the first nations people how you can make amends for this thoughtless and brutal act.