I wonder if they shoot the moose that get too close?

When I make the 5 1/2 westward trek to my hometown outside of Parry Sound, Ontario, I take Highway 60 through Algonquin Park – or just “The Park” as we call it.

It’s a beautiful drive. Rolling hills, lakes and rivers… and lots of fauna. Why, just last month when I did the trip with two of my kids, we saw 4 moose right on the side of the road! The kids loved it!

But we didn’t see anything like this:

This Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) is parked right on the side of the highway near Hidden Valley Road. Hey, they’re using these against the freakin’ Taliban! Protesters and stray moose wouldn’t stand a chance!

There are gates across the highway now, with police and soldiers monitoring check points and checking the ID of anyone who approaches.

Some of the locals are taking it in stride, I hear. But some are not so happy about the whole Gee-Ate thingy. Folks in this part of the world are pretty practical and straight forward. They are not afraid to call a spade a spade… like this guy:

John Niedzwiecki, 55, who runs a popular chip wagon across from the Tim Hortons in downtown Huntsville, is the first to admit it doesn’t take much to get him worked up.

“They told me to take down my ‘Obama for Prime Minister’ sign (on top of his chip truck). They told me it was disrespectful to the (federal) government given all it has done for Huntsville,” said the Muskoka native.

He said it wasn’t like the local Conservative MP, Industry Minister Tony Clement, was being altruistic by pumping $50 million of G8 money into the Muskoka-Parry Sound riding.

“All he did was buy himself another four years in power. I know he doesn’t like to hear that, but people aren’t stupid.”

I too would like to think that they’re not stupid.

And I hope those moose that we saw are not stupid enough to get close to one of those check points. I’m pretty sure they haven’t been cleared by the Integrated Security Unit.

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