Watch as snowmobiler survives by a split second after 1000lb moose charged at him while he was out with his brother on a trail in Idaho
- Video shows the moment a snowmobiler narrowly avoids a charging moose
- Brothers were with family on an Idaho trail when the animal suddenly turned
This is the moment a snowmobiler on an Idaho trail narrowly survived an encounter with a charging moose.
Both the man and the moose, estimated to weigh over 1,000lbs, were able to walk away without injury, but the snowmobile was damaged as the animal fell over it.
Brothers Josiah and Jeremiah Bigelow were out on a trail near Palisades with family on Wednesday morning.
The female moose, which weigh on average between 850 and 1100lbs, stepped out on the path between the brothers and suddenly turned to charge.
Josiah said: ‘I didn’t have time to think. I just reacted.’
His brother added: ‘Josiah got ahead of us and then the moose stepped into the path… she had her head down, ears back and looked very angry.’
Josiah said he hit the throttle on his snowmobile but when he saw the moose charging he thought ‘I’m just going to get out of here.’
A moose steps on the track between the two brothers on a trail in Idaho
The moose turns around and starts walking as Josiah tries to get the animal’s attention
The moment Josiah tries to pull away from the moose on his snowmobile
As the moose turns and starts walking towards Jeremiah on the camera, Josiah waves his arms to try to get the animal’s attention.
The moose appears angered and starts to charge at Josiah.
Josiah sits on his snowmobile and tries to take off, but the moose – which can run up to 35mph – quickly catches up.
At the last moment, the snowmobiler jumps off to the right, allowing the animal to fall straight over the vehicle.
The moose gets up as Josiah hurries back to the snowmobile.
Both the moose and the family came out unharmed.
Animal experts told ABC News that moose respond negatively to people making themselves large. They advise slowly backing away.
Moose are not naturally aggressive animals but are territorial and can become angered when harassed or intimidated by people, dogs and traffic, or when hungry and tired.
They tend to be more prone to aggression during their mating season in late September and October, but also in adverse weather conditions when forced to walk through the cold and snow.
The Alaska Dept of Fish and Game advises being patient with moose, even if it takes half an hour. A loud noise may move the animal but those that are used to people are not easily chased away.
A photo shows the two brothers who were attacked by the moose on the trail
Josiah jumps off the vehicle at seemingly the last possible moment and the moose trips
With the moose lying on the ground, the man returns to safety near his snowmobile
In late February, a woman was kicked in the head by a moose in Alaska while walking her dog.
Tracey Hansen was left dazed and bloodied after the beast charged up from behind and kicked her in the head while she was out with her pet Gunner.
‘I had put my hands up to my head, and I’m like, ‘I’m bleeding,” she told Alaska News Source.
It wasn’t until she sat up and took stock of the situation and saw the animal in front of her that she realized a moose had mowed her down.