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Usually, moose won’t attack unless they’re attacked.

However, sometimes they can be quite aggressive depending on the circumstance.

For instance, more moose attacks are reported during the mating season which falls between the months of September and October, and in early spring when the females are shielding their calves.

Still, moose can attack anytime which is why you should know the 10 signs you’re about to see dangerous, aggressive charging.

10 Signs: Quick Reference Guide

  1. Tossing the head upwards (similar to a horse)
  2. Licking or smacking its lips and clacking its teeth
  3. Raising the hair around its neck, hump, or hips
  4. If the moose was eating, it could suddenly stop and stare at you
  5. Urinating
  6. Lowering the head and walking towards your direction
  7. Displaying the white parts of its eyes
  8. Stomping its feet
  9. Laying its ears back
  10. Grunting

What Should You do if You Encounter a Moose?

It you’re out in wilderness, make sure and carry an outdoor survival kit with you.

It’s important to know that a wild moose is more aggressive than those that dwell near resorts and camping areas.

This is because the latter is used to seeing people, often tourists staring at them and taking photos.

These will hardly ever attack unless they’re provoked.

If you encounter a moose during a drive through Yellowstone National Park or other areas like, the best thing to do is watch them from a distance and observe their body language.

You need to be extra cautious even as you view the animals and take photos.

Moose attack video

Are Moose Aggressive Towards Humans?

As mentioned, moose are hardly aggressive until you disturb their peace.

One thing to note however is that moose hate dogs – especially because they bark and chase them.

You may be more susceptible to moose attacks if you have dogs and the moose may attempt to kick them even when the canines are in restricted areas.

Don’t allow your dog to chase after a moose.

They also get uncomfortable when there’s traffic, when they’re tired (especially during the winter season when they have to navigate through heavy snow), or when they’re hungry.

Often times people may get too close to the moose or throw things at them which this can anger them.

How Else are Moose Dangerous?

Whenever you see moose along the driveway, on a trail, along the road, or when they’re lying against a house or under a deck, chances are they’re taking a rest and the last thing you want to do is disturb them.

However, many people will take that chance to hit them or attempt to chase them away.

You can easily trigger a moose attack by doing so.

Remember, moose get agitated and stressed when they’re provoked.

Still, different moose have varying tolerance levels but all of them will react aggressively when provoked.

Remain calm and quiet whenever you approach a moose in any of the situations mentioned above.

Can I Feed Moose?

Feeding moose is not only dangerous, but it’s illegal – and moose can get accustomed to being fed by humans.

If the feeding situation changes and the animals aren’t fed appropriately, the moose will become agitated.

For instance, when a moose that’s accustomed to being hand fed sees a human, they may approach them hoping to be fed in the same way.

If the person doesn’t seem to understand what the animal wants, it can charge at them and eventually attack.

This why you shouldn’t feed moose even when you encounter them during your national park drives.

If you live in an area where moose often roam, caution your neighbors from feeding the animals.

Is a Moose Dangerous to Kids

Yes. if moose are used to being fed, they will expect every human being whether adult or children they encounter to feed them.

If they don’t get food, they will even attack children.

Administration officers will often shoot down moose that execute unprovoked attacks.

To avoid unnecessary moose deaths, desist from feeding them.

What Should I do when Moose Block my Way?

You need to be patient. Stay still and calm.

With time, the moose will move away – but, don’t expect it to move quickly.

Sometimes it may take up to an hour before it finally moves away and allows you to continue with your journey.

The waiting will always be better than having to provoke the animal.

While a loud noise may trigger the moose into moving, know that moose that are used to seeing people may not make way easily.

If you’re inside a vehicle, however, you can move with ease but if you’re walking, you may want to find something to act as a barrier between you and the animal just to be safe.

What You Shouldn’t Do

Never go near a moose when there’s no escape route other than towards your direction.

You want to leave at least two or more escape routes where you can easily navigate through in the event of an unlikely attack.

If you suspect you may encounter moose, pepper spray can either force them to move or protect you if they attempt to attack you.

Before letting your dogs out at night, inspect your backyard to rule out a moose’s presence.

You also may want to turn your security lights at night to avoid blind encounters between your dog and a moose.

What Should I do if a Moose Charges?

Often, moose charges are demonstrations –  or a way of warning you to stay away from them.

Still, you should exercise caution, knowing well that even a young calf weighing approximately 400 pounds can cause you massive injury.

When a moose attacks, it uses its front hooves to kick forward.

In such a case, running would be the best option because they’re unlikely to chase you far.

Hide behind a compact and solid object such as a tree.

If by any chance the moose knocks you down, you want to curl yourself up in a ball to shield your head using your hands and stay still.

Remain in that position until you’re sure the moose have moved to a safer distance. You don’t want to provoke the animal into charging back at you.

What Moose Attack Warning Signs Should You Look Out for?

If you’re out on an adventurous trip and are sure you’ll encounter a moose, there are various warning signs you should beware of.

Remember, this could be the only way to avoid danger. Here are the signs:

    1. Tossing the head upwards (like you would see a horse do)
    1. Licking or smacking its lips and clacking its teeth
    1. Raising the hair around its neck, hump, or hips
    1. If the moose was eating, it could suddenly stop and stare at you
    1. Urinating
    1. Lowering the head and walking towards your direction
    1. Displaying the white parts of its eyes
    1. Stomping its feet
    1. Laying its ears back
  1. Grunting

Remember, the moose’s behavior can change abruptly. Don’t be fooled by its calmness. Walk away slowly while focusing on the animal until you’re at a safe place.

How to be Safe

Moose dwell in forests close to ponds, streams, or ponds in the Northern Hemisphere of the United States.

Tourists who enjoy the outdoors often travel around these places.

If you are along the moose trail region of the US, you want to be extra careful just to stay safe.

Though it’s not always possible, you may want to avoid placing yourself in a situation which can irritate the moose.

The following tips will come in handy for you if you’re encountering moose for the first time.

The Moose Love their Space. Give it to them

Don’t get too close to a moose and watch them from a safe distance.

If you happen to encounter one along the trail or road, it may be best to either back off or change your direction.

Moose are naturally nervous and will become stressed to a point of aggression when people approach them too closely.

Kristine Rines, a wildlife biologist says: “if you realize that moose are changing behavior, chances are your closeness is making them uncomfortable and should consider moving to a safer place.”

Never Feed Moose

As mentioned above, and according to the Washington Department of Fish and wildlife, you shouldn’t feed moose.

This is because they will attack other people who don’t offer them food as they expect.

Some states have actually made it illegal to feed a moose because when they attack people, they’ll often be shot down needlessly.

Never get Between a Moose and it’s Calf

A lactating moose is very protective of her calves and will charge at anybody who attempts to get near or even between them.

Should you find yourself anywhere between, the best thing to do is to back off immediately and walk to safety.

Allow Moose to Cross the Road

What’s the best action to take if moose blocks your way while driving?

You can only let it cross because if you attempt to move it, chances are it will attach your vehicle.

If you’re driving around moose inhabited places, drive at a slow speed to avoid fatal accidents.

Moose attacks car

Remain Quiet and Calm when You Encounter a Moose

Remain calm and avoid making noise if you encounter a moose.

Noise disturbs them and could easily provoke them to attack.


Learning moose attack signs and taking the appropriate safety measures is an ideal way of protecting yourself before going for an adventurous trip in moose inhabited regions.

These tips will help you survive your trip and maximize your experience in the wild.

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