Back in 2010 Pete the Moose was spared from a death sentence, that was intended to stop the spread of disease to other captive wild animals on a ranch in Vermont. In 2008 Pete had been separated from his mother in New York after an accident and a farmer there took care of him. Pete ended up on the Big Back Ridge ranch in Irasburg, Vermont. Wildlife biologists were concerned the wild animals would come in contact with animals that may carry CWD, and all animals on the ranch other than the elk were ordered to be killed. Word got out and Pete became famous and even had his own following on Facebook. Along with public support and gubernatorial support, since the governor has the same name, the moose received a pardon.
Pete the moose was tranquilized for a hoof treatment and never woke up. "I join the friends and fans of Pete the Moose in expressing my sadness at his passing," Governor Peter Shumlin said. "My thanks to those who voiced concern about the fate of the animal and who have - like me - believed in the pardon for Pete." From The Wall Street Journal .