It’s probably fitting that the dispute ended with the two opponents taking a shared selfie.
At a “Moose Summit” last weekend on the Canadian Prairies, Fraser Tolmie and Linda Otnes Henriksen called off their battle over which town has the world’s biggest moose statue, a dispute that had been running close to four years
Mac the Moose, the long-time champ who came into the world in 1984, remains a tad shorter, at 9.8 metres.
That’s all about to change.
It appears the title will be going back to Mac.
Under the compromise reached at the summit, Mac’s antlers will be altered–raised actually–to allow him to reclaim his title, thanks to a $25,000 injection of cash from Moosehead Breweries, one the finishing touches on of a far-reaching campaign.
Storelgen, meanwhile, will “forevermore be known as the shiniest and most attractive moose in the world.”
As part of the deal, Moose Jaw also agreed to recognize Storelegen as a “pretty awesome-looking moose.”
I spoke with Mayor Tolmie about the negotiations.Listen
The peace agreement reached, the two sides are now discussing how they can put more dough into their city coffers as a result of the dispute.
Henriksen says there are some in Norway who want to make a children’s book based on Storelgen.
“Maybe one of the other books can be about Mac the Moose and Big Moose…I’m thinking this is a great story and it’s a funny story,” she says
Talks are now underway about the possibility of twinning the two towns in search of increased tourism.
Both sides, after all, say they are legit “moose-ipalities.”
With files from CBC, CTV, CP, Toronto Star