Last month a video hit the news that shows the real life encounter between a 51-year old man snowmobiling down a trail when he encountered a young bull moose. These animals are noted for their aggressiveness when confronted and after watching the footage, we can see why. It also proved a good reason to take to the woods with Mr. Glock riding shotgun.
First reported by Field and Stream in January, a 51-year old man with a life threatening heart condition (dilated cardiomyopathy), was enjoying a winter's day in the wilderness with his son. While snowmobiling down a trail covered with thick powder, the man stopped when confronted with an approximately 1000-pound (that a half-ton) young bull moose.
The man tries to scare the animal off verbally and by clapping and waving his hands. Bogged down in powder and with the animal blocking his path, he is effectively trapped.
Then the moose charges the man, rearing up and pounding on his vehicle with his giant hooves, before retreating briefly to reexamine the situation and charge in to make another attack.
It was then that the gun owner pulled out his full-sized Glock which was in Condition 3, quickly chamber a round, and fire a warning shot at the animal. Undeterred the beast continued approaching and the snowmobiler put the animal down with a swift series of four shots.
The entire incident lasted just one minute.
(The footage may not be safe for young children)
After the attack the man sped off for help, then returned to the scene and ensured the animal was dead and not simply injured.
While we can all speculate what we would have done in that instant, what did happen was at the end of the day the 51-year old was safe. Tragically the magnificent moose was not, but these sorts of incidents happen from time to time.
Moose can be deadly creatures. Moose attacks outnumber those by bears nearly three to one in Alaska, wounding around five to 10 people in the state annually. That's more than grizzly bear and black bear attacks combined
In one article on Moose attacks, a biologist said the following:
"Jessy Coltrane, an Anchorage-area state wildlife biologist, said moose are not predators and charge only when they feel threatened or their personal space is trespassed. But that distance that can vary widely from moose to moose, Coltrane said.
"The best practice around moose is to go away around a moose. Assume every moose is a serial killer standing in the middle of the trail with a loaded gun," said Coltrane, urging people to treat them with more respect.
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