Safety: Don’t put the chocolate on the moose.

If any of you got that reference, please let me know!

Often, when we go hiking we are concerned about bears, when in actuality if you are in certain parts of the country, especially Alaska Moose attacks are much more common than bears.

So what should you do if you see a moose?

Keep your distance! If a moose sees you as a threat, It could potentially CHARGE at you. I don’t think you want to be any part of that.

If a moose does approach you, use the same method as mentioned with the bears, and attempt to prove to the moose that you are not a threat by speaking calmly while keeping your eyes on the moose. If this doesn’t work, UNLIKE the bear you can and SHOULD run from a moose. Although they are big animals they aren’t likely to chase you for a long period of time. Hide behind a large tree or car as soon as possible.

If you are going to be trampled by a moose curl up into a small ball and protect your head. DON’T try to fight a moose as you will most likely lose, unless you are the hulk, or something.

Moose are typically found by bodies of water and they are especially aggressive if they have their young with them. Don’t mess with momma moose’s babies. She will mess you up.

What a treat!

Referring to the title, check out this video for a throwback laugh!

**Disclaimer this website is here to simply express nature’s beauty. Dreambigtravelwide and it’s affiliates are not responsible for any injuries, or fatalities that may occur when performing outdoor activities, or anything covered in blog posts including moose attacks or encounters. These activities can be dangerous. Please be responsible and know your limits, if you choose to participate, you are doing so at your own risk. This post is here simply to gain knowledge and awareness if encountering a moose, all information has been gathered from government affiliated websites. Moose are wild and unpredictable animals, if you are attacked by a moose, seek immediate medical attention. 

 

6 Comments

    1. Thank you for the read! What type of snakes do you have over there? We saw some pretty large rattles when hiking through the smokies. 😅I’m in Hawaii right now, we have boar, but luckily the only wild animals we’ve seen were some baby goats!

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      1. I’ve seen a bamboo viper, a MacClelland Coral snake and a HUGE oriental ratsnake – the first two are venomous, but at least one of them is pretty docile, (the other lurks up in trees which I find quite scary). I’ve heard people talking about hearing rattlesnakes whilst walking, that would freak me out! I’m from the UK and we really don’t have any wildlife to worry about back home. Baby goats sound like a cute wildlife experience though.

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      2. Oh goodness, that is crazy. What did you do? just walk around them? How close were they to you? I would be okay with never again, seeing any snakes. I will take goats any day! I posted a video of them in my snorkel hike duo post if you would like an awwww. 🙂

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  1. They are adorable! I would be super happy to see those.

    With the snakes it was a different approach each time. The first I saw was the bamboo viper and luckily I’d walked past it before I saw it, because if I saw it first I’m not sure that I could have! It was coiled up a on a branch above and to the side of the trail. The second one was the ratsnake, that was 2m of big snake laying literally across the path so I just waited. I was by myself on that occasion and hadn’t encountered this type of snake before so I didn’t know if it was safe or not. After it had slithered into the short grass beside the trail I waited a little longer and then threw a small stone (not big enough to hurt it), into the area to make sure it had moved on. And with the MacClelland’s coral snake, it was tiny and trying to get away from us so I wasn’t really concerned.

    The plus side of having many reptiles is that come spring there are huge numbers of extremely cute Japanese tree lizards and baby skinks. I especially like the tree lizards, they are so characterful.

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    1. Oh I bet that was heart racing! That was smart of you to wait it out, and check with the stone juuuusssttt to be safe. I would have done the same. I wonder what the recommended snake safety guidelines are. I will have to followup with that!

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