Hunting Moose: Beware The Moose

Alaskan moose are the largest moose on the planet. Herbivores, they are generally passive and spend much of their day ingesting pounds of vegetation. However, during the barren winter months, these moose will take to dumpster diving, braving the civilized confines of big cities like Anchorage to find nourishment. While attacks are rare, if you should come across a moose, be very cautious.

If you happen across a moose, stay calm. Moose rarely are confrontational unless provoked. Do not feed a moose; they can come to expect food once provided and may attack if more food is not available.

The Alaska moose population is estimated at over 120,000. It is likely that you will see a moose on a trail or at your campsite. They are large animals; moose are taller than a horse, heavier than a bear, and faster than a kangaroo. If you are unexpectedly knocked over by a moose, simply curl into the fetal position and cover your heads. Do not fight back and do not try to outrun the moose.

Despite the potential dangers of a face-to-face meeting with a moose, you are more likely to have an issue with moose-related injuries in car. The Alaskan Department of Transportation estimates moose-related accidents result in about 10 major injuries and one or two fatalities each year.

If you venture on the roads and trails of Alaska, be sure to pay heed to the Alaskan moose. The moose outnumber bears 3 to 1. Although they are not aggressive, it pays to avoid direct confrontation with them. Enjoy their beauty from a distance and your time in the wonders of Alaska will be all the more enjoyable.


Source: Animal Planet