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Smooth Exit: Alaska Man Narrowly Escapes Moose Attack

man escapes moose attack
Image by @Associated Press via YouTube

While Alaska is filled with far more dangerous wildlife (i.e., the more than 100,000 bears which call the state home), a moose attack is, nevertheless, something you’d want to avoid at all costs. Scroll down to watch the video where an Alaska man makes a smooth exit a escapes a moose attack in his own yard!

How Many Moose Are There in Alaska?

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Alaska is the U.S. state with the absolute biggest population of moose. Estimations suggest that anywhere from 175,000 to 200,000 moose roam freely in the state’s vast and beautiful landscape. 

This might not come as a surprise to you – Alaska does after all have a notoriously rich wildlife. Other than moose, it also houses the largest population of bears. 

The Largest Member of the Deer Family

Moose are the largest species in the deer family, with males (bulls) standing up to 6.5 feet tall at the shoulder. Beyond that, their antlers can span over 6 feet across! Bulls can weigh anywhere from 1,000 to 1,600 pounds, while females (cows) are slightly smaller, typically weighing between 800 to 1,300 pounds.

Are Moose Dangerous?

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Moose Bull. Image by Alaska Region U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/24/Moose_bull.jpg

Although moose don’t usually act aggressively toward people, if they sense danger or are provoked, they may become violent. In the fall, during the rutting season, male moose can be exceptionally territorial and moose mothers are likewise known to fiercely protect their offspring. 

So while they don’t have hunting instincts or predatory instincts, you do not want to anger something that stands 6 feet tall and weighs around 1,000 pounds. 

The Video: Alaska Man Escapes Moose Attack

YouTube video
“Alaska man ducks into shed to avoid bull moose”, Source: YouTube, Uploaded: Associated Press

When a man is fetching something for shelter in his yard, a massive neighbor with horns approaches. As he steps outside, he soon realizes that he’s only a few feet away from the visiting massive moose.

We can only assume that he’s used to Alaskan wildlife as he realizes that the safest thing for him to do is to slowly back up in the shelter – and mere seconds before the moose reaches him the door closes behind him.

Wrapping Up

Moose are not necessarily aggressive animals, but something that is that huge is best to keep at arm’s length. What would you do if a six-feet-tall creature came galloping towards you?

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