Moose not as warm and cuddly as they look

Real Estate Agent with Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP #1 in Forest Land Mgmt

Moose not as warm and cuddly as they look.

Many of my friends ask questions like “how do you protect yourself from bears out there?”.

 I answer that bears are seldom a problem, and certainly not worth carrying a heavy gun around for, but the Moose can be a real problem.

Though bear will generally run and hide, moose will often attack and it is best to have a good sized tree to get behind if you get too close to a moose.

Moose have adapted over the centuries to be mortal enemies of Wolves and thus will do their best to stomp any dogs they see as well.

Any sled dog owner that you meet will tell you how much they dread meeting a moose on the trail with a team of dogs.

Occasionally a moose will find a dog yard and cause havoc, but most deadly meetings are along the remote trails.

When the snow is deep, moose will often use the sled trails to travel since it is easy walking.

When they see a team of excited dogs approaching, rather than run, the moose will charge through the team of dogs attempting to stomp as many as possible.

In this video, Brent Sass, a Minnesota native and winner of last year’s Yukon Quest 1000 mile sled dog race relates a few encounters that happened on the trail.

Comments (9)

Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Bob Crane Wow, that sounds scary.  Having grown up in the city, this is hard for me to imagine but I believe it. 

Feb 14, 2016 03:42 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Wow , Bullwinkle always seemed like a pretty easy going guy !!!!!!!!

Feb 14, 2016 07:46 PM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I had definitely heard that moose are dangerous. I wouldn't want to meet one in  the wild!

Feb 14, 2016 07:54 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Bob.  I didn't know.  Luckily we don't have to deal with moose in South FL.  (What's the plural of moose?  mooses?)

Feb 14, 2016 08:18 PM
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Bob Crane In these circumstances, there is nothing the musher could have done to avoid the confrontation. His pups are lucky!

Feb 14, 2016 09:15 PM
Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
NCW Home Inspections, LLC

Bob, This reminds me of a story when in Montana ran into two couples that were pretty hyped up. They had just been chased by a cow moose and scared the bejeebers out of them.


Feb 14, 2016 11:37 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Just when you thought Bulwinkle was your friend, you read this Bob Crane

Feb 14, 2016 11:46 PM
Gene Allen
Fathom Realty - Cary, NC
Realty Consultant for Cary Real Estate

I haaven't seen up close but have viewed enough videos to know they aren't worth messing with.

Feb 15, 2016 06:53 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

They are not so cuddly when you hit one with your car

Feb 15, 2016 09:25 AM