Moose Encounters

Large bull moose eating by the hiking trail

Large bull moose eating by the hiking trail

Moose are plentiful in the woods and mountains. They are very large creatures and are often unpredictable in nature. Dogs are in the same family as wolves and coyotes, so moose may see them as predators and act aggressively towards them. If you encounter a moose while hiking with your dog, immediately get control of your animal and move to a safe distance away. Generally the moose will give you some subtle signs that it is not feeling very friendly today. If you notice these, distance yourself and your dog from the animal. If you are charged by a moose get behind a large tree or rock, they will usually stop charging if you run away. To stay safe, maintain a distance from the animal, control your dog, and move through the area quickly and quietly. Once you are far enough away take some pictures or just watch and enjoy. While they often look slow as they plod along and eat greens, remember a moose can easily take a human life.

 

How to spot the signs of an agitated moose;

Moving in your direction

Laying its ears down or back

Grunting

Stomping and hoofing at the ground

Moving its head back and forth

 

Even an animal as large as a moose can be hard to spot in thick brush.

Even an animal as large as a moose can be hard to spot in thick brush.