Living in Moose country means you're going to have moose encounters from time to time. And while these massive creatures usually keep to themselves, they can get really moody.
These kids didn't make any sudden movements or provoke the moose, and eventually she got bored.
You can tell that this moose is not agitated by the way her ears are pointing up and not back.
How do you know if a moose will attack you?
How do you know when it’s time to back off from a moose?
It’s important to understand that moose can get aggressive at any time of year, but there are certain seasons when they’re more likely to be aggressive. For instance, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife suggests that moose typically become aggressive during the following seasons:
- In late spring, early summer when a cow (a mother) feels her very young calf is in danger
- In the fall when a breeding bull (a male) is competitive and agitated
- In the winter when they are hungry and tired from walking in deep snow
You can also tell if a moose will become aggressive by its body language. Here are 7 signs to look for:
1. The moose stops eating and stares at you.
2. Lays back its ears and raises the hair on its hump, neck, or hips.
3. Smacks or licks its lips, and clicks its teeth.
4. Lowers its head and walks toward you.
6. Shows the whites of its eyes.
7. Whips its head back like a horse.
These are all signs that a moose may attack. But sometimes it may not even show these signs at all—they may just charge without warning!