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We really don't talk enough about moose safety. Let's use this opportunity.

By Leslie Potter | August 30, 2016

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According to Facebook's translation of the Norwegian description of this video, it says:

The king of the forest was in a bad mood today and made sure we had to take a detour home.

Which means they made it home. So that's good.

Moose on the Trail

Are you supposed to turn and run when a moose is coming toward you? According to this article from the Appalachian Mountain Club, here's what you should do if you encounter a moose on the trail.

  1. Keep your distance. If you stay far enough away and stand still, the moose will most likely wander off on its way. If the moose seems agitated by your presence, you're too close.
  2. Keep keeping your distance. If the moose starts to walk toward you, the AMC says to back away, and if it charges, run. If you're on horseback, it's probably better to start with the turning and leaving the scene rather than asking your already nervous horse to back down the trail. On the plus side, your horse has a better chance of outrunning a moose than a hiker on foot. Generally, moose will only chase you until you're out of their immediate area, then they'll back off.
  3. Avoid confrontation. If a moose is calmly hanging out on the trail, don't try to go around or scare it off. You either have to wait it out or find a new path. Respect the moose.

I feel like we've all learned something today.

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CeCe    Somewhere, GA

1/31/2017 3:58:09 AM

On My Dear, I think I would have turned immediately and high tailed it outta there!

Rob    Evansville, IN

11/5/2016 5:46:23 AM

I don't think I would have waited that long to do an about face and leave town!

Ann    Somewhere, UT

10/1/2016 5:39:22 AM

Moose are very protective and if she had a calf newby, look out! Encountered one on the Alta Shoots cross county skiing in WY, very scary!

Allyson    Loveland, CO

9/10/2016 8:08:37 AM

A number of years ago I watched an interview of a woman (I think it was Susan Butcher) who won the Iditarod and was asked what animal do you least want to see on the trail? Without hesitation she said "moose." They will trample the dogs and are totally unpredictable.

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