**Warning to animal lovers.
Wow, I am surprised at the reaction here. In hindsight he probably wished he hadn't creeped on it but he didn't creep once it started endangering him. That ship had sailed at that point!! Can't take it back. Have to move forward and protect yourself. Other option is try and back up but I don't know that was a good idea. That thing was about to charge again and how long are you going to wait? Seriously?No, it's not the right way to deal with any animal in the trail. I am a hunter, love a good moose steak. In the state I live in, the shooter would probably be charged with harassment of wildlife, and hunting moose out of season/ without permit. Whooping and clapping, while creeping further up the trail twords the moose, would be consitered harassment, and I'm sure the moose saw it as aggression. Should have taken a break and let the moose wander off. Winter is hard enough for them, without this jackwad killing them. Just stupid.
Coming from the midwest I encounter this with whitetail. This year several times in one day due to snowfall. I have also hunted my entire life and came across bear and other animals on the ground. I have deer had them walk down the trail for 30 minutes before reluctant to get off. A little blip of throttle and they usually jump off and they can get back there tranquility and can stop stressing out with there heart pounding wondering what to do.No it wasn't right. I as well as many other riders here in AK deal with this on a daily basis. You have to show some patience in a situation such as this. If he was in that big of a hurry he could have cut through the trees for a couple of hundred feet, no big deal. Gotta share the trail man, and sometimes you have to yield it, it's his backyard too, give moose a break. What a POS
BINGO !!!!!!!Sorry, but he was way too close to that moose. The moose displayed all of the warning signs to back off, and the sledder continued to approach. I wouldn't be surprised if he was hoping he could try and "justify" killing something with his gun. Not only that, but he left the animal badly wounded without dispatching it. He makes me sick and he should be thrown in jail.
Fair enough but coming from an area the has a different species(whitetail) this happens daily and they jump off and run away. Hundreds of people, hunters or otherwise, do this all the time with no ill effect. Perhaps even lowering the stress on the animal rather than having a 30 minute stand off. Perhaps not. If this was a local person that was very knowledgeable that Moose were prone to attack an oncoming snowmobiler I would fully agree. Yet having only seen a single moose in the wild(also on a sled), I would not realize that they are so aggressive compared to deer and that he was in danger right from the start. I doubt he did either. So this thread is useful to many people and perhaps many Moose. Let's not try so hard to shut it down!(comment is for everyone not singled out you)The very beginning of this video shows the moose running away from him, while the rider continues down the trail. I think he should have stopped the very moment he saw the moose, and let it wander off on it's own. While I agree with protecting yourself if attacked, it doesn't give you the right to harass the animal into attacking you. This is how it looked to me. JMHO