Orphaned moose in rehab

A young Stevens County moose, orphaned at just a few days of age when its mother was killed when she was hit by a vehicle, has been put in the caring hands of Licensed Fish & Wildlife Rehabilitator Karen Odle, near Chewelah. Monty the orphaned moose received a minor neck injury in the accident that killed his mother and was brought to Odle and her Many Gates to the Heart Rescue/Rehab Ranch.“Monty’s growth is creating a problem for us finding food,” Odle explained. She is now relying on help from the community to bring fresh vegeta¬tion “every couple of days so he can consume as much food as he can to healthily continue to grow.” Though Monty “is picky about what kind of vegetation he eats,” Odle says, he knows that he likes maple clippings of leaves and skins, and is “fond of willow,” along with berry bushes and wild roses. Food donations from deciduous trees and shrubs that grow in the wild are best, Odle says.Monty will be returned to the wild, so he may not eat anything related to fruit trees, garden plants, or vegetables. He is also still feeding from bottles, drinking half a gallon of milk replacement formula at a time, and drinking “many bottles per day,” said Odle. Once Monty has matured, he will be returned to the wild. Maybe later this year. “I’m hoping [he will] be released in the fall,” she said.Monty is doing well in captivity while he matures. “He definitely wants to stretch his legs,” added Odle, who specializes in the rehabilitation of deer, moose and elk, and is honored to take care of wild animals. Monty, she said, is “the sweetest thing…it’s a pleasure to be able to take care of him.”Area residents interested in willing to donate food for Monty can contact Odle and drop off the food at her ranch or meet her elsewhere. Odle can be contacted at 937-4800.