Even though moose are generally calm and gentle-seeming creatures, it is best to know what to do in an encounter, just like with any other wild animal. They are the largest of the deer species, and they live in Alaska and the northern parts of North America, Europe, and Asia.
Moose are most likely to attack during the spring (when the females have new calves) and fall (when the bull moose are trying to mate). They weight up to 1500 pounds and could easily crush a human if aggravated. Most moose attacks are brought on by foolishness – common sense is the key.
When you come across a moose, it will perceive you as a threat and either try to make you leave the area or leave the area itself. The warning signs of an anxious moose are flattened ears, lip smacking, raised hair, exposed whites of the eyes, or the back and forth tossing of it’s head. That’s when you quietly and slowly back away. This is usaully enough to avoid a chase. If the animal charges after you, RUN. A moose usually only chases for a short distance. If you are unable to run, get something between you and the moose, such as a large tree. If the moose succeeds in it’s attack, curl up in a fetal position, covering your head and neck. The moose will stomp and kick you for a bit, then leave.
Some things to do to avoid a moose attack:
* Do not threaten or tease a moose.
* Don’t get between a moose and her calf.
* If you have a dog, do not allow it to harass moose.
* Do not corner a moose.
* Do not feed moose. It is illegal in some places.
* Keep your movements slow in the presence of a moose.