Stop what you’re doing and learn what to do if you encounter an angry moose. It could save your life, seriously!
Let me get this out there- moose are not generally aggressive unless they are provoked. Some examples are-
- Humans throwing things like rocks or snowballs.
- Humans following them in their vehicles.
- Dogs barking or chasing them. They really dislike dogs!
- If they’ve been fed and they realize you don’t have food.
- During mating season (September-October)
- A mama with her baby (spring and summer)
Moose are generally not afraid of people, so don’t count on them quickly running the other way when they see you. They are also huge, weighing up to 1500 pounds as adults, and not afraid to use their weight against you. If a moose attacks you, they will knock you down and stomp you with all their weight.
I know I said they generally are not aggressive, but here are the warning signs of an angry moose-
- The moose stops eating and starts staring at you
- Hairs on hump and neck might stand up
- Ears lowered
- They start licking their lips
- They start walking towards you
- Stomping their feet
What should you do if a moose is angry?
- Give them space. Start backing up and head away from them.
- Look for objects like a tree, car, or a garbage can to create a barrier between you and the moose.
What should you do if a moose is charging?
- Run! Hopefully, it is a bluff charge and that is all it takes to remain safe.
- Get behind a barrier.
What should you do if a moose knocks you down?
- Curl up in a ball and protect your head.
- Wait until the moose leaves before getting up.
Alaska has a lot of moose, many of them are roaming the neighborhoods daily. And even though they are so common, rarely do you hear of a moose attacking a human. Act smart and be prepared and your chances of having a peaceful encounter are great!