Moose on Board by Peter Shrive,Fall 2000
The winter 1952 was extraordinarily cold...many long, sub-zero days and nights, and that year the channel of water between Michipicoten Island, situated in Lake Superior, and the mainland, froze solidly, with ice.
The moose population of Michipicoten...generations of them had lived and died on their island home for as long as anyone could remember. However, for reasons that only a moose, or perhaps his psychiatrist would understand, the entire resident moose herd decided to head for the mainland. They made it without incident, and of course, deftly reduced the moose population of Michipicoten Island, to zero.
In the spring of that year MNR, [known in those days as Lands and Forests,] management decided that province-wide attempts would be made to re-populate the island with moose. The plan involved finding young moose calves... preferably locating an adult female with two calves, so that the mother wouldn't raise too much hell if one of the calves was seized. This stage of the plan went off without a hitch, in our area, and shortly, a young moose calf, about the size of a large dog [with "long" legs], was closed in a pen, at the Forest Ranger base in Kapauskasing, [near my air base at Remi lake], being fed and cared for by a local ranger.
When asked, I readily agreed to fly the animal to Michipicten Island in Lands and Forests Beaver CF-OCK. It seemed like no time at all had passed and the day appointed to transport the young moose arrived. Imagine my horror when the rangers arrived at Remi Lake airbase, with an animal that was now the size of a young pony! The delivery commitment was made, so I plunged ahead, although firm in my insistence that a crate be built to house the animal, for the flight. I was particularly relieved when I learned that a local Doctor had adminstered what he determined to be an appropriate amount of sedation to the animal.
The Rangers hoisted the "freight" to the door of the airplane and barely squeezed the "crated moose", into every square inch of Beaver cabin.