Le Massif de Charlevoix has issued an official statement on their Facebook page, warning resort visitors of the wildlife in the area during the winter ski season. With animals often passing through the ski hills, the ski resort advises guests to respect the animals' space as they pass and remember that winter is an especially precarious season for them.
The warning comes after a video taken by a snowboarder of him chasing a moose down a hill at the ski resort just outside of Quebec City went viral. Currently posted to Bleacher Report and accumulating over half a million views, the video has already received comments of outrage and anger. The Quebec Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks is now investigating the situation, with the possibility of the snowboarder facing harsh fines.
TL;DR A snowboarder at Le Massif de Charlevoix ski resort could be facing harsh fines after a video went viral of him chasing a moose down a ski hill. Quebec's Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks is currently investigating. More details below.
The video is shot from the snowboarder's point of view and shows a moose barreling down the steep ski hill in heavy snow. The snowboarder is heard screaming as he chases the animal down most of the hill. Le Massif de Charlevoix warns that moose are in a particularly vulnerable state in the winter when they lack a consistent food source and have exhausted their fat reserves.
The moose stumbles and falls before rushing to safety in a wooded area. The ministry has neither confirmed nor denied that the snowboarder will face charges, as of now they are validating certain details of the event.
Due to animals being native to the area 90km east of Quebec City, Le Massif de Charlevoix advises that if you do encounter a moose, the proper thing to do would be to calmly walk around them and stay as far away as possible.
Officials are now concerned for the animal's well-being as it has likely depleted most of its winter fat reserves.