Pete The Moose is a popular fellow. He is not completely tame, but he loves people and lives on an elk-hunting farm in Vermont. His home has been the Irasburg farm for the last two years since he was found as a calf after having been mauled by dogs. A man named Dave Lawrence took him in and nursed him back to health for more than 14 months. Their friendship is special and powerful.
Due to the fact that Pete is so lovable, he has no fear of man which makes it dangerous to release him into the wild. David found an enclosed, 600-acre ranch in the area owned by Doug Nelson who generously provided Pete with a place where he could be free and safe from hunters.
The controversy concerning his survival evolved when a law initiated some two years ago, banned keeping wild animals in captivity. Many residents launched a campaign to save Pete and in the end, a technicality did the trick as it turned out that the elk on the preserve were imported and legal, but Pete being wild was not.
Although spared from certain death, poor Pete will need a new home under the regulations stipulated by another law, the Wildlife Public Trust Act, that went into effect earlier this week. It clearly states that all animals on the Big Rack Ridge, with the exception of Pete the Moose, must be hunted down and killed within three years. In part, Governor Peter Shumlin signed this into law in an effort to save Pete once again, as this law mandates that authority over the hunting grounds will be moved from private ownership into the domain of the state Fish and Wildlife Department.
It is believed that Pete will be relocated to another facility, which has not yet been named. Whatever happens, Pete has a lot of friends who wish him well and are willing to help him.