A snowmobiler makes a quick decision with a feisty young bull moose, but did he make the right call?
That’s the question we asked ourselves when we first say this video – why did this man have to shoot the moose?
If you’re not familiar with the species, moose aren’t the type of animal you’d want to mess with in the middle of nowhere. They’ve been known to be notoriously aggressive during the autumn mating season, and a cow moose with calves can be equally, if not more, dangerous if enticed.
All the same, there’s really no such thing as a moose attack for “no good reason.”
Experts would advise against engaging a threatening moose, so as not to lead it to believe you are “putting up your dukes,” ready to fight. Instead, try to divert your path and remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible. A predatory, meat-eating animal could take your fleeing as a sign to chase, but that’s not the case with the moose. They’re more likely to move on if you do.
We’re thinking the case with this young bull moose in the video involved a slight deviation from that advice. And things escalate quickly, forcing this snowmobiler to act upon gut instinct.
Watch the video for yourself and think about what your choice would have been.
Snowmobiler Shoots Moose – Warning: The video below may be disturbing to some.
You would like to think this gentleman could have hit the throttle on his snowmobile and quickly gone another route, or turned around completely.
Ultimately, there are few things worse in the hunting world than a wrongly downed animal and a wasted harvest. There are people who would consider this poaching, and the reaction to this video from online viewers has been brutal in some cases.
Since we don’t have a ton of information, and likely will never have the full story, we’ll just have to use it as a learning opportunity, and let it help us should we ever experience a wild animal encounter like this.
It’s smart to ask yourself these types of questions before the heat of the moment. So, after watching the video, would you have shot the moose?