“This is what we call a spirit animal,” said Clifford Paul, moose management coordinator for the Unamaki Institute of Natural Resources.
To aboriginal communities in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the white moose is a spirit animal and is sacred. In early October, a white bull moose was shot dead by three non-native hunters who then, naturally, posted photos of their killing on social media sites.
Mi’kmaq hunter Danny Paul said, “Ee know the significance and we’ve been teaching that to the non-native population for almost 500 years — about the importance that this and other white animals played in our lives … we are not to harm them in any way, shape, or form because they could be one of our ancestors coming to remind us of something significant that’s going to happen within our communities.”
According to CBC Canada, the hunters who shot the moose said they didn’t know about the animal’s significance and they have agreed to hand over the hide for a traditional Mi’kmaq ceremony. We’re sure it doesn’t involve standing next to the corpse while donning an orange vest, smiling for the camera.