Bull Moose Charges At Colorado Hiker Who Got Too Close
Moose are not typically aggressive animals, but can charge at a moment’s notice if provoked. One person experienced this firsthand as they were hiking in Clear Creek County, Colorado.
The individual was walking along a trail when they encountered a bull moose grazing by a large tree. Fascinated by the massive animal, the hiker pulled out a phone and started to record the moose.
But a few moments later the moose lifted its head and charged.
Thankfully, no one was harmed. The hiker hid behind a tree and the moose hit that instead.
The entire incident was captured on video and shared by Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) as a warning to others to keep their distance from wildlife.
This video is an example of being too close to a bull moose and how quickly they can decide to charge on you.
It is from Clear Creek County. The individual just by chance came upon the bull walking along a willow bottom heading towards a lake. pic.twitter.com/Z2usuHpPit
— CPW NE Region (@CPW_NE) August 8, 2021
People are advised to keep at least 50 feet away from wild animals and if they happen to come upon them on the trail, they are to back away slowly.
Moose can weigh up to 1,000 pounds, stand over 6 feet tall, and run 35 mph. They are not generally afraid of humans and park rangers warn “they can pose an enormous risk to public safety.” Thousands of moose call the state home and attacks have been on the rise.
CPW provided tips on how to keep a safe distance and stay protected if you come face to face with a moose. Even though the large animals may appear docile, they will attack if you invade their space or if they feel threatened.
Keep your distance is the first and most important rule. This applies not only to people but to dogs as well. Moose view dogs as wolves, which are their greatest threat, so they will instantly charge them. Keep your dog on a short leash when out for a hike and respect wildlife.
If a moose does charge at you, get behind something big like a tree or rock. Finally, never attempt to feed moose. It is not only illegal, but dangerous.
“Feeding wildlife always turns out badly for both people and wild animals,” states CPW park ranger.