Fending Off A Moose Attack Like A Viking
If you ever wondered what to do when a moose attacks, then watch this video, because the guy in this video defends himself “Viking style”. When moose do attack, they don’t mess around and they’re not going to stop until they have done serious damage, or possibly even kill you. Moose aren’t known to be aggressive to humans, but that doesn’t mean they won’t attack if provoked.
But like most other animals, moose will defend their young and their territory if they feel threatened. And even though they look slow and bored, they can run up to 30 mph, so you’re not likely to outrun a moose. If a moose attacks, they can use their hoofs and full body weight to knock you to the ground and trample you. Moose are to be treated with respect, like all other animals.
Now if for some reason or another, a Moose does attack you, then by all means, defend yourself with whatever you can find at your disposal. The young man in the video was lucky, from all appearances, the moose he came into contact with was fairly young and not a full grown bull.
This excerpt is from scoutingmagazine.org:
“Male moose, called bulls, are typically much more aggressive than females, called cows, and often compete with one another for mates in dominance displays, complete with vocalizing, charging and violently smashing antlers. Keep in mind that moose have fairly poor eyesight. Granted, this doesn’t mean you’ll be mistaken for a potential mate, but it does mean you might see the moose before it sees you.
Be on the lookout for the telltale signs of aggression. A disturbed moose preparing to attack might point its ears back (like a dog) and might raise the hair on its back (like a cat). It might also lick its lips repeatedly. Often, a moose will bluff charge, running forward and then stopping, then running forward and stopping again. If you notice any of these behaviors, you should be prepared for an attack.”