Moose attacks are actually much more common than bear attacks. Here's how to stay safe:
Where You See Moose
Almost anywhere! Moose wander through forests and along roads, even into towns or people's yards. Your greatest risk involving a moose is probably hitting one with your car. They tend to be most mobile around dawn or dusk.
What Moose Want
Moose tend to be low-key, but can be--well--moody. Males are more likely to act aggressive in early fall (mating season) and females in late summer (protecting calves). They also really dislike dogs.
- If You See a Moose: Talk calmly, and back away. Give him about 50 feet of personal space.
- What Provokes Moose: Dogs. If you have a dog with you and you see a moose, leash him and keep him back.
- Getting too close to a calf: Never get between a mother (cow) and her young.
- Getting too close, period: Don't yell, throw things, or even offer food. Moose may happily take food from your hand, but are known to attack afterward, too. (Again, moody.)
If the Moose Attacks
- Look for warning signs: ears back, hair raised on hump (or "hackles"), grunting, stomping feet.
- Moose tend to bluff-charge, stopping short of you. Check out this video of a moose charging a dog outside a house.
- Get behind a tree, rock, fence or car--anything to separate you from the moose.
- Moose often fight with their front hooves. If the moose hits you, play dead, curled up with your hands on head and neck. Your backpack makes a good shield.