An Idaho family was lucky to escape an attack by an angry moose while they were out on their snowmobiles in the Palisades, east of Idaho Falls.
Jeremiah Bigelow posted the incident on his Instagram account, describing how the moose came between him and his brother, who was ahead of him, on the trail they were riding. The moose initially charged Jeremiah, who had his son and other friends behind him. Jeremiah quickly put his snowmobile in reverse but got stuck as his son’s snowmobile did not have a reverse gear.
Jeremiah’s brother realized that Jeremiah was stuck and tried to draw the moose’s attention away from the group, thinking he could quickly speed away. But right as he jumps back on the snowmobile, it dies, and he is forced to dive to his safety, narrowly avoiding the charging moose.
The moose is seen stumbling and falling, but Jeremiah confirms seeing the same moose later, unharmed and walking. Bigelow admits they clearly reacted wrong and should have given the moose more space instead.
Moose can become very dangerous when agitated and have been known to charge at people when they feel threatened. An adult moose can weigh between 800 to 1,200 pounds and can be very dangerous. Due to the deep snowfall this winter, moose have increasingly migrated into lower-elevation areas to look for food.
Warning signs that a moose may become aggressive are:
- Lowering their head
- Hair standing up on the neck
- Licking their snout
- Pinning their ears back
If you encounter a moose, here are some tips on how to behave by Wild Aware Utah:
- On a trail, please give it a lot of space and watch its behavior
- Back off if the moose exhibits any signs of aggression
- Stay calm, and do not run. Try to talk calmly and slowly back out in the direction you came from
- If the moose charges, hide behind something solid, such as a tree
- If a moose knocks you down, curl into a ball, protect your head, and lie still until it retreats
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One thought on “[VIDEO] Angry Moose Attacks Family on Snowmobiles in Idaho”
Almost don’t blame the moose. The forest is their home and snowmobiling is obnoxious and inconsiderate of them if you really think about it.