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This weekend I took it upon myself to track down some moose. Denied! One cannot purchase moose meat in Vancouver. It is, in fact, illegal to sell it, which would explain why it's not available in all the tourist shops next to the miniature maple syrup bottles and overpriced smoked salmon.
My urban moose hunt was prompted by the recipes for Moose Moussaka and Braised Moose Ribs with Espresso Stout and Chocolate in Michele Genest's new cookbook The Boreal Gourmet, which features ingredients native to Canada's north.
Of course, the fact that a moose is a wild animal and so not available at the butcher is more obvious to someone who sees wildlife besides crows and cats on a regular basis.
Not willing to give up too easily, I posted an "Item Wanted" for moose meat on craiglist. I received two replies in the first hour, both of which asked me to inform them if I found any, since they were also looking.
I figured that since the average adult moose weighs over 1000 pounds, someone might have a freezer full they would want to share. I'd have had better chances a few hundred kilometres north – and ten months ago; the moose hunt starts in September. I'm pretty sure if I grew up anywhere else in Canada besides Vancouver I'd be having a good laugh at me right now. Actually, I may just have one anyway.