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N.L. Grits promise highway moose fence, settlement for class-action suit

The Liberals would negotiate a settlement with those involved in a class-action lawsuit over moose collisions in Newfoundland if they win the Oct. 11 provincial election.

Party leader Kevin Aylward made the pledge Wednesday during a campaign news conference in Corner Brook.

He was joined by Ben Bellows, who has been in a wheelchair since a moose-vehicle accident eight years ago.

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Mr. Aylward said his party would work with groups such as the Save Our People Action Committee to identify areas in the province prone to moose-vehicle collisions and put up fencing to keep the large animals off highways.

There are about 800 collisions a year in the province between moose and vehicles.

The province announced in July a $5-million pilot project that includes placing moose fencing along the Trans-Canada Highway and a flashing-light detector system to warn drivers of moose near the roadway.

Mr. Bellows said there is no need to spend $5-million on a moose fencing pilot project because the technology has already been proven in places such as New Brunswick.

It's estimated the moose population has soared to between 120,000 and 200,000 since they were first introduced to Newfoundland from New Brunswick in 1904.

Victims of moose-vehicle accidents want to sue the government. They're seeking unspecified compensation, moose fencing and a cull, among other measures.

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