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Snowmobiler Attacked By Moose, Defends Himself With Glock (GRAPHIC, VIDEO)

Posted by Austin Petersen • 01 Mar 2014

Moose Messed With The Wrong Man

A video is circulating that shows a snowmobiler being attacked by a moose while riding through the woods. The snowmobiler attempts to scare the animal off, but the animal charges him, forcing the man to pull his Glock to defend himself. Lucky he had it. Sad to see the animal have to suffer, but it’s times like these that you’re glad you have a tool for self defense.




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  • evm

    Asshole

  • ADarkShadow

    Should be charged, period. He is the dumb nut who got off his snowmobile making noises at it and as it gets closer makes even more escalated tones, the so called attack by the Moose didn’t even put the guy on the ground and the Moose was walking off. The guy in the video is a coward, imagine if someone just bumped into him on the street? What would he do? Shoot you as you walk off? The law best be doing something with this guy in the tune of jail time.

  • Lindsey

    I’m all for self defense. But this was no where near self defense! I’ve encountered moose quite a few times. You sit there and be quiet. May take a few minutes, but once the moose recognizes you aren’t a threat, it will move on. This is an example of stupidity at its finest. What if the moose had a baby? Mama moose are very protective. But plain and simple, This Moron antagonized this moose. He’s an ass. And needs to be fined heavily.

  • Kyle

    author should be fired….awful title…what a fool…libertarian does not mean senseless killer

  • arealpatriot

    He could have waited from far away or turned around. This looks like just an excuse to shoot a moose. What a moron.

  • Renee Finster

    So completely disgusted by the lack of respect for nature, life and serious ignorance when out in the wilds of nature. I love animals BUT also know wild animals have a place and so do we in their surroundings. With that said I believe this guy is an up and coming “Darwin Award” recipient. He necessarily shot and didn’t even kill the moose, didn’t stop a safe distance away to end the animal’s misery with a shot to the head! A true example of what NOT to do in this situation.
    There was a path to the left he could have taken, or went that way for a min or two then head back to intended path and I am sure the moose would have moved along, but sure the better scenario is to encroach upon it’s path and clap and yell at it. I guess he misunderstood the Moose language class that day, which usually means “hey moose, I am an idiot so please do what you do best when approached, charge me”!
    Yes completely disgusted this very guy doesn’t know what right looks like…and he is armed….*sigh*

  • Ira Chamberlain

    That
    was fucking lame… He put himself in danger and thinks that just
    because he shot a gun on a snowmobile in Call of Duty that’s the answer
    in real life? If he didn’t want an excuse to shoot it he wouldn’t have
    moved after it at :38

  • Clayton Kendall

    Im an avid outdoorsman but being from florida I am unfamiliar with moose. I probably would have approached the same way and expected him to run off. If he attcked me I would have shot him before he attacks again. It makes more sense to shoot a still target then to try to shoot while it charging you. For those of you saying he should have just turned around have obviously never been on a snow mobile. In a deeply cut trail like that it would have either been impossible to turn around or very slow and difficult. Not something I would try with a dangerous moose right in front of you. Truth is none of you were in his shoes so all your talk is just that. Stop judgeing and go make yourself useful by producing something.

  • sfsdfsdfds

    some bear spray would have worked just as well. what a p*ssy of a man

  • Neil Purfield

    Wow, what a dirt bag. The moose gave him ample warning that he was already to close notice the hair raised up on the moose. Then he pulls his sled closer? You do have a right to self defense but this was avoidable. Ignorance is not an excuse.

  • Bob Carnes

    Having worked around moose and other wild animals in the national parkson snowmobiles it’s easy to avoid this type of incident. The guy could have taken the side trail visible in his video or simply waited it out turned around. He had no thought of avoiding the confrontation in fact provoked it. Should be charged wit pouching wildlife.

  • pman5k

    Cameras can be your best friend or worst enemy… he should never have posted the video online. If I was involved in a shooting the last thing I would want is a video of it online. Makes the situation always seem less dire than it may have been. Every little move you make goes under a microscope and every error whether intentional or not is thrown in your face and could only be used against you.

    Whether you think it was a good shoot or a bad one, one thing everyone can probably agree on is you don’t post these sorts of videos online for the whole world to see. I wouldn’t be the least bit shocked if Alaskan wildlife authorities get wind and review the video and investigate.

    The moose looked somewhat young and curious. I know bulls can be very aggressive and territorial during mating season and will charge unprovoked… but this moose was provoked. This is why they say best to keep distance and stay calm and quiet.

  • Prince Draxx

    Nothing but a show off punk. Why didn’t he shoot the moose when it was attacking rather than after the fact and for no good reason.

    • Layla Godey

      He didn’t have his gun out when it was attacking. He shot it when it turned again.

  • leslie green

    Horrible! Disgusting! and Unnecessary! That poor moose!…probably had a couple of babies she was protecting in the woods… he didn’t even have the decency to kill her, just left her to die slowly. A real jerk… he’s one that shouldn’t have a gun!!!!

    • Layla Godey

      It’s gone from a bull moose to a moose with a couple of babies. I saw nothing in this video to indicate either-perhaps somebody expert on moose could tell us. Either way, the man still had to protect himself from another charge, and we don’t know if he left it to die slowly.

  • Jeremy McReynolds

    Holy hell people calm down. Let me break it down and explain everything to you all rationally. The dude isn’t necessarily a bad guy or a coward. He just clealy doesn’t know a thing about dealing with wildlife encounters. An example of ignorance and NOT being educated. At worst the dude is just kinda of a bit of an idiot. His response with the animal WAS really bad. In fact, unwittingly, he escalated the situation. Not a bad guy for it, shouldn’t be beaten up for it, its just that most people just don’t know what the hell to do with an encounter with wildlife, especially with an aggressive encounter, before stepping into the great outdoors. They also likely don’t know that they might be causing the animal to react in the first place. He did alot of things you totally DON’T want to do when encountering a moose. First off he continued to approach, inch towards and close the space with the moose. Seems like he was trying to scare it off with and intimidate it. All of this is the very WORST thing one possibly could do. It will only escalate it. This is taken very much as a predatory attack. And naturally a lot of herbivorous animals, if you will, will react badly to that. They WILL stand their ground. Particularly a moose, a species that has a bit more of a stand it’s ground and fight defense rather then a turn and flee defense. It’s surprising for most people to hear that predators are much more likely to not stand their ground, unless they feel cornered. Stand your ground with a bear, cougar or a canine but never a moose or a something else like a bison. When a moose is vehemently standing its ground back up slowly and leave. Run if needed or if it charges you. This shows you’re not a threat. Chances are low that it will chase after you. It has no reason, it wants you to leave. Thats why the moose did several “buff” charges and just stood there with its head lowered. It was warning him to leave, which he should of. Instead he stood his ground and approached the moose. To the moose that said; Nope, I’m gonna eat you. When the guy stopped and then started moving towards the moose the first time we see that moose also start to move forward. Thats what moose when standing their ground, their saying “Nope, you’re not gonna eat me”. Again, when a moose approaches you last thing you want to you is scare it and try and stand your ground. You will get attacked/charged. If by chance the moose does happen to choose to run away it still will only retreat and dig back in so it won’t get chased. And thats what this moose did. However it also felt cornered We can tell by how it retreated, looked and around and immediately charged again. Often in winters Moose use other tracks and snowmobile trails because its hard for them to walk in the snow. When fleeing it’s instinct tells it to take the path of least resistance because evading predators in the snow is near impossible and dangerous. This is why large prey is taken down more often in the winter, predators know this. Snow. It’s also why elk, and moose and other bovines get run over by trains alot. Instead of running OFF tracks they continue to run straight down the tracks. If they can’t find somewhere they can flee, they will turn around and stand their ground/fight. Just as this moose did.

    THE MORE YOU KNOW.

    • Layla Godey

      Could you let us KNOW MORE on exactly how he was supposed to get turned around on the snowmobile? If the moose didn’t want to be in the snow, how much more difficult would it have been for a man on foot?

  • Beau

    He could have at least shot him in the head before leaving him for dead

    • Layla Godey

      I’m guessing he was trying to get to safety first (as he should have). We don’t know if he went back to make sure it was dead.

      • KingAdrock

        No, he drove right PAST the animal and it was visibly still alive and trying to get up. He could easily have fired a few more rounds while passing by at close range. Instead he left the moose he wounded to suffer and die slowly.

        • Layla Godey

          You have no idea how fast he was going, or if he could have gotten off a few more shots (much less whether or not they would have hit their mark) while trying to maneuver the snowmobile one-handed. The video doesn’t show whether he went back or not (and it is not safe to approach an animal unless you are certain they are indeed dead, anyway).

          • KingAdrock

            “It’s not safe to approach an animal unless you are certain they are indeed dead”
            And yet he did exactly that. Note he didn’t shoot it and wait to see if it was dead. He instead drove right BY it, passing within arm’s length of the animal which was quite visibly still alive.

            So no, he quite easily could have shot the moose again and ethically killed it. But he chose not to.

            • Layla Godey

              No, he didn’t approach the animal to see if it was dead. “He instead drove right BY it…”-that’s the point-he isn’t Supposed to stop right next to an animal “which was quite visibly still alive”. He quickly put distance between himself and an animal that was willing to attack. Death can be difficult to accept, but it’s a fact of life.

              • KingAdrock

                Nobody is claiming that he should have stopped right next to the moose, that’s absurd. He shot it, could clearly see that it was still alive and then immediately drove *towards* it, passing within a yard of this still alive and potentially dangerous animal. Are you telling me that you would have done the same? He had a minimum of 5 more rounds in the magazine (factory standard for Glocks is 12-15 rounds depending on caliber), what stopped him from simply shooting the moose again and making sure it was dead?

                When you shoot an animal, whether for sport or self defense; you shoot to KILL. Not wound and leave to suffer. That’s cruel and disgusting.

                • Layla Godey

                  Well, sure. He could have zoomed on by operating a quickly moving snowmobile with one hand, and firing off shots with the other…as any good, self-respecting cowboy should…..are you thinking this through? I can’t say that I Would have done that. As to whether he left it to suffer, we don’t know if he returned or not. I can’t say that I Would have fired off a gun like that-most likely I would have tried to leave as quickly as possible first, and once at a safe distance, assessed the situation to see if the animal then needed to be shot again.

                  • KingAdrock

                    I didn’t say to shoot one handed while driving by. I mean simply firing a few more rounds from the exact spot where he fired the first. He shot the animal, it went down but wasn’t dead… so he just put his pistol away and drove off. That’s wrong and unethical.

                    • Layla Godey

                      I’d have wanted to get myself and my companion safely cleared first. Then I would have checked to make sure it was dead. That’s not wrong or unethical.

                    • KingAdrock

                      “If the moose had gotten back up first, one of those people could be dead instead.”
                      Right, because he couldn’t have just fired a few more rounds from his Glock into the moose. Instead he had to flee the area by passing by the moose so closely he could have reached over and touched it.

                    • Layla Godey

                      If you preferred to risk it charging again, that would have been your prerogative. He obviously preferred to get clear from the animal first. Neither is necessarily right or wrong, but it Is the choice of the person involved at the time if he wishes to prioritize his own safety first, and check that the moose is dead afterward or take a risk of being charged again.

                    • KingAdrock

                      How would shooting it again while it’s wounded and lying in deep snow (which it had trouble walking through *before* it got shot) leave one at risk for being charged again? Shooting it again until it at least *appears* to be dead, THEN getting out of there would have been far more safe than driving within a foot of it while it’s visibly still alive.

                    • Layla Godey

                      How could he know for sure one way or the other? It’s easy to make that assessment when you can watch a video after the fact. Not so easy when it’s actually happening. How could he know for sure one way or the other at the time without risk?

                    • KingAdrock

                      How could he know for sure that it was still alive? By the fact it was still moving and trying to get up, dead animals don’t do that. If you’ve committed to shooting a dangerous animal because it attacked you and might again, you don’t just shoot it once or twice and assume that did the job. especially when it’s unequivocally NOT dead like in this case.

                    • Layla Godey

                      If it was moving, it might still get up and charge again so it was reasonable to leave the area quickly and then reassess.

                    • KingAdrock

                      No, if it’s still moving the reasonable (and ethical) thing to do is shoot it again and make sure it’s dead. Especially when the only practical escape route requires moving toward and in close proximity to the animal.

                      To put your weapon away and then pass within striking distance of an unmistakably still alive and therefore potentially dangerous animal isn’t reasonable; it’s insanity.

                    • Layla Godey

                      Not if it’s a risk that it could get up and charge again. It isn’t unethical to first leave and make sure you are safe before going back to see if the animal is dead. You can take greater risks with your own life if the moose is more important to you, but it is unreasonable to expect others to take greater risks with Their lives to make you feel better about the moose.

                    • KingAdrock

                      So here’s the situation: there’s a very real risk that a wounded animal will get up and charge you, and you have a weapon trained on it.

                      To your mind, it is *more* reasonable and *less* risky to put your weapon away and try to escape by passing within an arm’s length of the still moving animal… than continuing to shoot it with up to a dozen more rounds which you still have in the magazine and THEN making your attempt to escape? You’re saying that it’s MORE likely the animal get up and attack you when it’s been shot with 2-3 rounds than when it’s been shot with 10-15?

                      That’s it, I’m done. Layla, you really had me going for a while there. 10/10 troll.

                    • Layla Godey
        • Haywood

          He got out of there asap because that was the safest option for him and his partner. Last thing you want to do is pull up stop and aim. Might have gotten his skull caved in in that time. Apparently no one has hunted or even watched Hunting videos. That wasn’t as bad as a lot of recreational hunting outcomes.

    • Haywood

      looked like he did to me. but DO NOT approach a downed animal until you are sure its dead. thats rule #1

  • OSP

    Looks bad… Did that first shot hit or was that a warning? I can’t tell 100%…

    • Layla Godey

      It looked like a warning to me-he also said “git” afterwards and appeared to wave his hand/arm.

  • Cutwould

    I’m not buying the bullshit. He could have easily gotten around the moose and outrun him. The guy is a jerkoff.

    • Lebowski12

      PETA Troll—

      • Cutwould

        Wrongo…..I am a hunter, outdoorsman, fisheman ad nauseum. What this dickhead did was not necessary. You are the reason gun owners get bad press.

        • Lebowski12

          Lets just say I do not believe that you are and hunter and/or fisherman. The only outdoors you probably see is your yard or park in your suburbs. We have a 2 min video showing the Moose getting shot. What happened before and after is only known to those who where there. Would just tried to hug it out with the moose and tell to move along? Ever ridden a snow machine in deep snow? Ever been attacked by a wild animal that out weighs you by several hundred pounds? You and your family or the moose, pick one. We also do not know if was sick, had attacked people before. I am not so sure you would have reacted any differently after being approached not just once but was coming back for a 3rd time.

          • Cutwould

            What you believe about me is of no consequence to me. I know who I am. What I saw on the clip was the Moose off in the distance and unless my eyes aye decieving me, after shouting at the moose, the snowmobiler approached him and the moose reacted to that challenge by a display of aggression as anyone who knows about that species can tell you. Give a moose space, don’t approach and don’t threaten or act in a threatening mannerand odds are he moves on. Once you are attacked you defend yourself but I am saying this guy provoked the incident and the moose paid for it. This appeared to be a young animal but I could be mistaken on that. I just think the whole thing could have been avoided.

            • Haywood

              it looked like he wasnt leaving the trail and the snowmobiler couldnt. giving it space/waiting it out dont look like realistic options to me.

    • Haywood

      easier said than done. that was a tight trail.

      • Cutwould

        Please look to the left as the clip starts while the snowmobile is still stopped. There is an obvious trail that has older ski tracks on it. I agree, not a great option going off into the woods but this guy showed the patience of a two year old. Waited only a few seconds before moving foreward towards the moose. The moose did a false charge at least once before turning again. I wonder if the moose would have charged at all if the guy had just shown a little more patience?

        • Haywood

          i saw it, and as a very experienced snowmobiler i can tell you a few things:
          #1 it was probably made by someone who didnt know what they were doing. Why would someone turn around there instead of just going up the trail a bit and turning around in the field? they most likely didnt have a moose in their way.
          #2 its so tight in that spot, there was a VERY good chance whoever turned around had to get off their sled and lift the back end around at least once. that commotion would have antagonized the moose just as much as trying to scare it off did with worse results.
          #3 if the guy couldnt tell exactly where the trail went and ended, theres a reasonable chance that youre just repeating someone elses mistake. you do that enough and you learn not to do that anymore. trust me on that one. i went down a 40 ft embankment once following someone elses mistake. NOT PRETTY.

          also, no one here knows how long he actually waited. could have been an hour for all we know. the clip only starts when he goes through with his plan.

  • Drew

    That was NOT self defense. That was stupidity. As a gun owner and hunter I am appalled by his actions.

    • Layla Godey

      You would have let it charge you a third time?

      • KingAdrock

        When exactly did it charge a second time, never mind a third?

        • Layla Godey

          After it charged the first time.

          • KingAdrock

            You mean when it moved away, and he shot it in the back?

            • Layla Godey

              No. Didn’t meant it, didn’t say it. You can try to jerk me around all you want, but a man and a moose were at an impasse. The moose charged. The man fired.

              • KingAdrock

                The moose charged, then backed away and the man started firing while it wasn’t even facing him. He did not shoot it while it was charging and there was no second charge.

                • Layla Godey

                  I watched the video again and still saw two charges, and then the man shooting it after it turned again.

                  • KingAdrock

                    What direction is the moose facing when he fires the first shot? To my eyes the moose is facing perpendicular to the trail, with its head pointed to the man’s right.

                    • Layla Godey

                      And it appears that the man fired the first shot as a warning (he says “git” afterwards and waves his hand), then the moose continues to turn toward him and the man fires several more shots.

                    • KingAdrock

                      The first one could possibly have been a warning shot, although a proper warning shot isn’t fired in the direction of the target you’re hoping NOT to hit. He should have pointed it off to the side more. Although this is excusable given the circumstances.

                    • Layla Godey

                      He said “git” and motioned with his hand afterward, and the shot looked high and maybe slightly to the left. Hard to tell the exact angle from a video that’s sitting on his head.

    • Lebowski12

      Oh you where there and saw the whole thing? Do tell me what happened before and after the 2 min film?

  • Jerry Bono

    Simple rule of thumb…..logging trucks and moose have the right of way.

  • m.c.

    Ah yes we all have something to say but never was in a situation like this. At that moment that is what he decided to do. With his adrenaline pumping he reacted. How many times have we reacted out of fear or anxiety and then regreted on how the situation was handled and wish you could have done it different after you calmed down and was more leveled headed. I know im not perfect but I guess some of you people are.

    • KingAdrock

      But apparently he doesn’t regret what he did, or else he wouldn’t have posted this video online for the world to see.

  • InconvenientTruthsYouHate

    This board sure seems to be full of people trolling as experienced gun carriers, wildlife experts, hunters, and snowmobilers, but whose hilarious claims and advice belie the truth… They’re just anti-gun, anti-human, PETA-loving, Disney-suckled children with NO practical experience in any of this. Just look for the ones expressing death wishes on the snowmobiler or other commenters.

    • Lebowski12

      LOL the moose was coming back for a hug over the misunderstanding.

  • Paul Fletcher

    The moose was turning around and coming at the guy again, then and only then was the first shot fired, and it was fired in defense, people would know that if they bothered to watch the video instead of jump to their own conclusions.

  • Darla B

    I don’t think he had to do that. Moose come right into my back yard and they move slowly, but will avoid humans. The guy making noise like that could have spooked the animal into thinking it was being threatened. Left to its own devices, it would have gotten out of the way. A little patience was all that was needed. I’m sad that this happened.

  • cerpas

    THAT MAN IS A FUCKING IDIOT!!! All he had to do was leave the trail. The moose know moving through heavy snow drains them, thats why they use the trail! All that moron had to do was go left or right on his SNOWMOBILE and give way to the moose…Idiot…If you are going to go into their environment then at least take the time to learn about how to avoid these type situations!!!

  • Jack Hammer

    Too many armchair quarterbacks making comments.

  • Scott Romuld

    Reading these comments is the best entertainment I have had in weeks.kinda like getting a lawn chair out and watching new boat owners launching their new rigs at the local boat landing. Most have no clue how to back up a trailer or load a boat. I witnessed someone even dropping a fiberglass boat off the trailer on the pavement. We are all experts in our own mind with varying degrees of experience

  • peter guarino

    The person who shot the video and the moose is a scumbag. He provoked the animal , then killed it so he could zip around on his snowmobile. It could have been a mother protecting her young. What an asshole.

  • wegov4us

    This is exactly WHY they should get rid of the right to bear arms in the USA, you guys are f-in maniacs and dangerous to innocent life… What crazy, stupid idiot drives up towards a young bull moose who obviously looks scared and start making stupid hillbilly noise, antagonising and keep driving towards him?? Then because he get a justified reaction of the poor bull trying to defend himself from this unknown treat coming towards him, this f-in coward, trigger happy, jackass think he is mr cool and pulls his glock to empty a clip in the poor bull?? If you had to use the glock a simple warning shot would have been sufficient to scare him off, and as you saw him return slowly so should you.. arrogant prick!

    • Haywood

      the first one was high. considering how accurate he was after that, it was probably a warning. might not have looked like it because it was still kinda close (you dont want to have to make giant aim adjustments after the warning). he most likely could not have backed up, gone around, turned around (coming from a very experienced snowmobiler). if we didnt have that right, hed be dead. and if that was his kid/wife behind him, they’d be scared for life if not also injured/dead.

    • Layla Godey

      Get rid of a constitutional amendment because of an encounter with a charging moose…

    • Lebowski12

      You are a special kind of stupid that only your momma could love. Ohhh guns are scary, we should ban them oh the horror. Did you get lost on the way to TMZ/Huffpo?

  • Scott Romuld

    How many actually interact with wild moose? I have. How many own a snowmobile and had encounters with wildlife? I have. This moose did not want to leave the trail due to deep snow and was going the opposite direction. Confrontation most likely was going to occur no matter what. I sure would not want to turn my engine off and have it not start if I had a chance to escape. I don’t blame the guy for reacting in fear. If it was not this guy who the moose attacked who would be the next person the moose attacked? That someone might not have the ability to stop the attacking animal. Moose can easily kill someone.

  • Haywood

    the moose was just trying to explain that the park was closed

  • Michael

    I like animals, but the guy tried to scare it off, he waited well back and tried to make it go away. He even let it charge him once before getting his weapon out. The thing was turning for another charge. There’s a limit to how much danger you put yourself in before you have to defend yourself. He OBVIOUSLY didn’t want to shoot it, or he could have shot it when it charged the first time. He OBVIOUSLY would rather it go away without shooting it.
    All the people criticizing are welcome to be mediators between dangerous animals and people. You can follow everyone who goes outside and when an animal attacks, you can put yourself between the two and “mediate.”

    • Mike D

      will politely disagree, had he shown the smallest amount of patience, the moose probably would of headed off, but everytime the moose turned opposite direction, he moves forward a little, moose, with bad eyesight, might take that as danger and feel need to protect themselves.

  • Donna Soares Burt

    Oh no, there are so many things wrong with what he did. He could have easily gotten away from the moose on that atv. What a piece of work. Now there is a poor animal laying half dead and suffering. Makes me want to cry. Afterall he was invading the territory of the moose and I bet they get really spooked by all those atvs. I have nothing against hunting and using the animal for food but this was not a valid hunt. I hope something can be done.

    • Haywood

      lol, #1 its a snowmobile, not an ATV, #2 narrow trail, couldnt turn around, MOST LIKELY no reverse for at least 1 of those sleds (both would have needed it.

  • turibe

    I can’t believe how ridiculous the comments on here are. “He should have just waited.” Scaring an animal off is generally a pretty reasonable thing to do. How often does an animal turn around and attack you after that?
    Second, say it was just bad judgment. Fair enough. Now that he’s in that situation with a very large, dangerous animal attacking him, what then? That moose was NOT running away. He first backed up, ran at him, backed up, charged and hit him, then backed up and was turning around for a more aggressive attack. Tell me you wouldn’t pull a gun.

    • KingAdrock

      Pulling a gun is perfectly reasonable. Actually firing it when the animal isn’t showing more aggression isn’t.

      Wounding the animal and not even ethically ending its life is right out.

      • turibe

        I just watched the video again. He pulled the gun after the moose had already attacked him. He aimed. The moose started turning around. He fired. The moose charged him. He started firing again and killed the animal mid-charge.

        Your statement that “the animal isn’t showing more aggression” appears to be baseless.

        • KingAdrock

          The moose is standing perpendicular to the trail when he fires the first shot. It wasn’t even facing him. More importantly no, he didn’t kill the moose at all. It’s still moving and trying to get up while he just drives away. He shot the animal, it went down but wasn’t dead; and he just puts his pistol away and drives off. That’s disgusting and unethical. Whether for sport or self defense you never shoot an animal to wound, you shoot to KILL.

          • turibe

            If you’re going to tell me that the moose wasn’t charging him again, I’m not going to bother trying to convince you the sky is blue. You’re not being honest with yourself.

            Over and out.

  • turibe

    I can’t believe how ridiculous the comments on here are. “He should have just waited.” Scaring an animal off is generally a pretty reasonable thing to do. How often does an animal turn around and attack you after that?
    Second, say it was just bad judgment. Fair enough. Now that he’s in that situation with a very large, dangerous animal attacking him, what then? That moose was NOT running away. He first backed up, ran at him, backed up, charged and hit him, then backed up and was turning around for a more aggressive attack. Tell me you wouldn’t pull a gun.

  • sally thomas

    my question is .. why post it in the first place.. and yes i would have put it out of its misery.

    • Haywood

      it was down, but you still do not approach a wild animal, especially an enormous one, until its dead.

      • KingAdrock

        But he did approach it, he drove right by it passing within an arm’s length of the animal. What exactly stopped him from simply firing a few more rounds and ethically killing the moose?

  • The End of An Era

    Moose charged. It’s dead. Life goes on. No tears. The end.

  • Liberty Dweller

    Animals have innate respect for Man. Bears, lions, tigers, elephants, all animals naturally avoid being a threat to Man. Some animals lose that respect and become dangerous and if these animals are not eliminated, they become more emboldened. The encounter with this moose was a perfect example. The beast was not going to stop to attack and this must be clear to anyone who has been out in real life. It was not this man’s intention to kill it. If the threat was not eliminated, this man was going to be seriously hurt, or killed, as well as others. Any comments of retreat, or going around the moose, or avoiding the encounter are highly unreasonable since the beast was clearly determined to do harm. Anyone familiar with real life should be able to reaffirm this.

  • William Skrainski

    This asshole should be charged and imprisoned.

  • Robert Rivera

    I can’t judge it because I wasn’t there, I think I would have tried to go around but I don’t know the terrain, if he would have tried to go around and got stuck off the path then he’s a dead man because a moose can kill a man with ease but if my life is threatened I will kill and it doesn’t matter what or who it is at that point.

  • Chris Chochon

    People have been killed by moose while they’re still in their f***ing car! If I’m snowmobiling, I’m not going to chance it. However, he should have never driven up that close. He should have waited. No one is allowed to comment on what they would do in that up-close-and-personal situation, bc chances are, you never have been. After the initial charge by the moose you can HEAR the adrenaline dump taking place. Everything after that for this guy was a blur. He was probably wearing a go-pro and happened to get it all on camera.

  • Abigail Moreno

    I would of shot this moose too! Sue me…

  • Polo

    This guys is a prick. He didn’t give that moose a chance. HOW ABOUT BACKING UP?
    How about shooting up in the air?
    Disgusting.
    What a shame that this is posted on a liberty page.
    Take this crap down.

    • Lebowski12

      O wait the reverse is right next to the Latte button. The first shot was the warning shot. How do you think that leather jacket you love and those leather kicks where made?

    • Haywood

      just ride a snowmobile before making assumptions.

  • Bradley Perez

    You go into its habitat and shot it! Then leave it there to suffer! Sorry sack of human life you are! I am very disgusted by you!

    • Lebowski12

      Where you there? Do tell me what happened after the camera was turned off?

    • Haywood

      as a hunter, you never approach it until you know its dead. thats more dangerous than letting it use your hood as a ladder.

  • paulinsc

    Guy’s a complete ass. He should have waited from a safe distance until the moose wandered off instead trying to shoo it off of HIS snowmobile path. That was an aggressive act against a territorial animal. It’s not surprising he got charged at.

  • riosam

    What an asshole! He started the whole encounter and confrontation and then he drives off like a f**king coward not even bothering to make sure the animal is dead and not suffering…….f**king asshole!!!!

    • Lebowski12

      Hunt much? ever approached a wounded animal that out weighs you by several hundred pounds? I did not think so. I wonder what happened AFTER the camera was turned off? Maybe he DID go check and finish the job.
      You’re the asshat for jumping to conclusions before you know all the facts. Shoot I think that you are an ASS with just with your comment above. How is that for a snap judgement based on little evidence?

      • riosam

        As a matter of fact.. yeah.. I do ‘hunt much’ as you put it…. What kind of jerk are you defending this jerk that totally provoked the whole situation that ended up with a ‘a very large wounded animal.’
        Perhaps you defend his poaching because you do the same!

        • Lebowski12

          So what happened before this clip then, since you seem to have been there? Poaching would probably not be the charge here since he was NOT hunting. BTW what hunter that is POACHING, posts a video of the act? Think much? IF you are a hunter, I doubt it, you are dumb one. You do NOT approach a large wounded animal, unless
          1) You have reloaded and hopefully you have a larger caliber weapon handy.
          2) you observe it from a distance to make sure that it is dead. Or not a danger to you.
          What is clearly lacking is your ability to think. Animals die everyday in the wild. Would you be this indignant if a pack of wolves had taken the moose down and possibly suffered longer? Perhaps the moose was left as food for, wolves, or a big cat? Circle of life and all. See ya at the next weeks PETA meeting. I hear it is at the BBQ joint around the corner this week!

          • riosam

            What better way to obtain 500lbs + of meat than to claim self defense? And news flash: poachers are very rarely hunters! They lack the integrity and dignity of a true hunter.
            I wouldn’t call the death of this particular animal a ‘animals die every day in the wild’ scenario. He provoked it until it charged; then he killed it. That makes him an ASSHOLE!

            • Lebowski12

              Bless your heart you are special, Jumping to conclusions without all the facts seems to be the MO for all you asshats on here. The FACT that you make this assumption on a 2 min video shows that you LACK integrity and the ability to be objective.

              • riosam

                Not EVEN close dummy…..as for the video..it speaks for itself.

                • Lebowski12

                  LOL, A 2 minute video speaks for that particular time frame only. What you, I and the rest of the keyboard jury do not know, is what happened PRIOR to this and AFTER this. I will reserve my judgement until I know more. He may well end up being that asshat you claim that he is. He could also be justified in doing what he did. I just do not have enough info to call it, but you apparently feel that you do have enough info. Have a nice day.

  • Michelle Luevano

    Bullshit!! This person knew what he was doing, hence the camera!!!! The
    moose was being antagonized and had I been it, I would have charged as
    well. He shot his gun, the moose retreated and the asshole shot of all
    rounds as the moose laid in the snow. He will go to hell for being
    cruel.

    • Lebowski12

      A village lost its bleeding heart liberal idiot.

    • Haywood

      gopros are everywhere, and the moose had squared up again before being put down. Did no one else see how close he came to dying during the 2nd charge? seriously, hes lucky to be alive right now.

      • KingAdrock

        What 2nd charge? He was charged once, the moose backed away, then he pulled a Glock and shot it. There was no second charge.

        • Haywood

          Dude watch it again. It Charged, turned away in front of the snowmobile, charged again and climbed the snowmobile, and squared up to charge again. I don’t know what you’re watching.

          • KingAdrock

            I’m watching it right now, and the moose isn’t even facing him when he fires the first shot.

            • Haywood

              Put on your glasses

              • KingAdrock

                Ok, I’ll put on my brainy-specs. Let’s see. Oh yes, when the first shot is fired the moose is clearly perpendicular to the trail. Its head is facing to the man’s right, and NOT at him.

                Next time you watch it, don’t eat the brown acid.

                • Haywood

                  #1why would the moose be perpendicular if it wasn’t turning to charge again?

                  #2 why would he fire a shot and pause to yell if it wasn’t a warning shot?

                  Oh and did you finally see the multiple charges?

                  • KingAdrock

                    I see this guy shooting the moose in the back, it moving towards him briefly and collapsing, still alive and moving. He then puts his pistol away and drives off, leaving the wounded animal to bleed to death.

                    Did you finally see where it turned and rushed him, and only THEN he fired?

  • Bobbie Champion Horine

    I think he should have backed up right from the beginning. Instead he went forward which is more of a charge or challenge over territory. I guess it is possible he didn’t think straight because he was in the moment of fear but at the same time he managed to have his camera ready and his gun ready so I am not convinced that he was that fearful. The bottom line is he had no compassion and left the moose without putting it out of his misery which shows poor character and cruelty.

    • Haywood

      most snowmobiles do not have reverse and they would have both need it. turning around is not an easy thing to do on a snowmobile and there was clearly no room to do it in. and as for that trail to the left, as someone whos followed one of those trails and wrapped it around a tree for it, i can tell you its not always a good idea.

      • Bobbie Champion Horine

        Thank you Haywood! I did not know snowmobiles would not back up. None of us know what we would do in a situation like this but the thought would have crossed my mind that I do not want to make this moose mad or feel challenged so I think I will just sit here a spell and see what happens. But he ended up shooting the moose and then drove past it with its legs kicking. I wish there had been compassion enough to put it out of its misery.

        • Haywood

          Just to be clear, some snowmobiles do have reverse, but the vast majority do not. Its safe to think that it was not an option. And we don’t know if he waited or not. The video only starts at the beginning of the plan. None of is know what happened before. As for putting it out of lts misery, you certainly should never approach a downed animal until you are sure its passed. That would have been way more dangerous than letting the thing climb his hood. It looked callous and was certainly unfortunate for a variety of reasons, but ultimately This guy almost died and he’s lucky to be alive.

    • Layla Godey

      People have their cameras running all the time-bikers, skateboarders, bicycle riders…it attaches to their helmets and they leave them running. His gun wasn’t “ready”-if you watch his shadow, you can see him appear to pull it out AFTER he had already been charged for a second time. Leaving the area initially was the safest thing to do (the animal may not be dead, and should not be approached right away). The video doesn’t show if they went back or not, but it does show that he stayed focused on the path in front of him and then turned his head to look after he was in the clear.

  • guest

    You are supposed to make lots of noise and stand your ground. An animal will usually leave the area when a human makes noise and wave its arms. This moose didn’t, it charged. That moose was probably close to a 1000 lbs. and can hurt or kill a human very easily. It had already rammed him once. It then went away and turned and came back towards him. He then took out his weapon and ended the threat. Shooting in the air at that point may have scared it away or may have gotten him killed. I say he made the smart call. the snow machine is probably more scary than the gun and didn’t deter him from charging the first time. You can’t back up a snow machine and turning off of the trail is almost not an option. if you have ever ridden one you would know this. Getting hurt in the back country can also be a death nail. I don’t think he could have dealt with this situation any better. I’ll bet he has seen many moose before and didn’t expect this kind of behavior. I’m glad he was able to think and survive. If he was a blood thirsty redneck he would have just started shooting the second he saw it. He didn’t. You people passing judgment are morons. The moose was probably mortally wounded once it fell over it wasn’t trying to stand back up. He did put one last (probably better placed) kill shot into it. and I’m sure he went back and finished what needed to be done after reassessing. If you have never been in the back country and been around wild animals you should probably shut up.Because you really don’t know what your talking about.

    • Haywood

      best comment right here.

  • Kledog

    Moose aren’t 4,000 lbs. your girlfriends might be, but moose aren’t.

    • Lebowski12

      Fast Facts
      Type:MammalDiet:HerbivoreAverage life span in the wild:15 to 20 yearsSize:Height at shoulder, 5 to 6.5 ft (1.5 to 2 m)Weight:1,800 lbs (820 kg)Group name:HerdSize relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man:

  • greywolf

    asshole….u had the chance to sit tight and not to encroach upon the moose…u r a complete asshole..jerk..

    • Lebowski12

      Boy the PETA / HUFPO TROLLS are thick tonight

  • Nanuck

    guy is an asshole….a cow protecting her young and the punk had to shoot her….all
    i can say is… ASSHOLE!!!!

    • Lebowski12

      said the Moose Whisperer! Only if you where there to talk to the moose and let him know that he did not mean it any harm.

  • derpleton

    This does not help the case for gun rights. He could have handled this situation differently. Given how it played out I can see why he may have thought this was necessary, I do think it is quite a bit cowardly since its back was still to him when he started shooting at it.

  • PL

    Seriously? That seems rather cowardly. Does his sled not have reverse? He’s on a sled! They fly! There was a trail to left of him! But he advanced! I’ve faced off with a grizzly and cubs on foot and had more composure than this trigger happy chicken. Why would you continue your approach to an animal standing its ground? Stupid. Take this out the gun rights discussions. Makes gun owners look bad.

    • Haywood

      “Does his sled not have reverse?” most dont

  • hausding

    I find this to be way too phony sounding……….way too many unreal actions in here. The moose would not have ‘attacked’ without provocation. He is out riding a snowmobile armed? What the hell………and he couldn’t drive away, run, hide behind a tree? Something is very wrong with this picture……..

  • horsewhisperstg

    The guy on the snowmobile clearly saw the Moose…then he moved closer towards the moose on the snowmobile seen as an aggressive move on the part of the moose I am sure…which then triggered the aggression of the moose. Had the snowmobiler sat for a bit the moose may have just moved on! He was clearly young and reacted to the aggression of the “machine”

  • zeppyled

    Dude, you better go back and get that meat!

  • Kledog

    Got plenty of guns….and love em all. I’m far from liberal and the “ID10T” reference is old school Marine stuff I used twenty years ago. At any rate, your cousin the Glock mis-user, is still a world class self-stimulator. He was in the wrong…plain and simple….calm down and accept that as a fact.

    • Lebowski12

      The moose could have just left so it is is kinda the moose’s fault for not leaving since it could clearly turn and walk away easier than the snow machine rider could turn around. What if someone was injured and he was responding to them? OR Needed to get back to the truck / home? You and I and all the other Keyboard Cowboys, have NO idea what preceded this and what happened after.
      Would you be ok if that moose was taken down by a pack of wolves? the death of this moose may have saved the lives of some wolves, big cat or even a bear, again we do not know since, WE where not there. THAT IS A FACT! It is not a plain and simple fact, as you say, that he was wrong.
      Cops, even former ones, typically like to gather evidence and facts before coming to conclusions. Is this why you are no longer on the force? Couldn’t be bothered with facts and evidence?

  • Everett

    Bullshit on the self defense. What a sad excuse for a human.

    • Lebowski12

      Yes you are!

  • Scott Romuld

    My 85 year old granny had her head down shoveling snow, came upon what she called, two sticks on her sidewalk, looked up face to face with a moose. Granny – what did you think when u saw it was a moose? “Scared the hell out of me” with a chuckle. True story. Crookston, MN

  • Doc Holiday

    What a dickhead. It was the Moose’s house. The human (I use the term loosely) could have backed off and let the moose run away but no He had to be a big man and shoot a calf and wounded him and left him to die. what a fuckin dickhead!

    • Lebowski12

      You where there? O do tell us what happened after the camera was turned off? Was it a full on party in the woods with Moose Steaks?

    • Layla Godey

      How do you know he left him to die? Is there a part two to this video?

  • Scott Romuld

    Don’t judge em til you walk a mile in his shoes. Once you are a mile a way and like his shoes, you can keep em.

  • Mark7Seven

    The story isn’t exactly right. This guy DID have to defend himself, but had he not been such a complete idiot there would be no dead moose and no story to tell.

    The guy should have kept his distance when he first saw the moose. Instead, he advanced and the moose saw his movement as a challenge. When he advances even further, ignoring one of the FIRST things you do in a dangerous situation (you should move AWAY from the danger, not closer to it) the moose finally attacks.

    Yes, it’s good that he had a weapon to stop the moose, but he should never have had to even draw the weapon if he’d just been smart and waited a few minutes.

    This is no victory for the right to keep and bear arms for protection. This a story of a jerk who killed a moose because the human was just plain stupid.

  • renewed4life

    300 people are attacked in America, and hurt, per year. Those that are reported. And 4 people die per year in attacks.

  • renewed4life

    Hummmm….seems the moose was in the middle of the trail. Hard to out run something right in front of you. And you ‘never’ turn your back on a wild animal. Years of trail hiking certainly have given me this knowledge.

  • Kledog

    Low-life spoiled white trash irresponsible gun owner brat. World-class jerk-off f*ck’n coward could have easily avoided the whole scenario. Pukey mommas boy, he’ll get his someday….karma is real.

    • Layla Godey

      You don’t like gun owners, do you?

      • Phydeux

        I’m a several gun owner and I still agree with Kledog.

        • Layla Godey

          I don’t agree with Kledog. He has no idea who this man is-except that he’s a gun owner…

          • Lebowski12

            SAYS that he is a gun owner, gunsmith and spent 12 years on the Force. If this where true, he would want / need more information BEFORE making a judgement.

        • Lebowski12

          a several gun owner? Are from Louisiana Fido?

      • Kledog

        Layla, I admire most gun owners even myself a little. I own many. I just don’t like cowards who abuse the right to own and carry. This brat’s only intention was to discharge his weapon and he did.
        Subject: Re: New comment posted on Snowmobiler Attacked By Moose, Defends Himself With Glock (GRAPHIC, VIDEO)

        • Layla Godey

          Kledog, there was nothing “bratty” about this. His intention was clearly not to shoot the animal, which is why he tried to scare it off first. If he had *intended* to shoot it, he wouldn’t have tried to scare it off and taken two charges before pulling his weapon-he would have just immediately shot it as soon as he saw it.

          • Kledog

            Layla, the video proves otherwise. This is an argument that can’t be won by you or anyone else. She was clearly trying to establish her presence and re-affirm her own safety, she did and that is standard for any animal faced with an unusual circumstance. This cowardly, spoiled mommas boy as I said to his cousin, wanted to discharge his weapon and he did. By the way I’ve been a gunsmith for seventeen years now and have twelve years of law enforcement under my belt. Not to mention accredited survival training experience. Hopefully your friend on the snowmobile will learn from this. Time to hit the rack, good night.
            Subject: Re: New comment posted on Snowmobiler Attacked By Moose, Defends Himself With Glock (GRAPHIC, VIDEO)

            • Layla Godey

              Kledog, the video proves nothing derogatory about the man except that he waited until the moose was going to charge him a third time before he used a gun. Your experience with guns and law enforcement have nothing to do with a man and a charging moose (and quite honestly, if you are able to make out all manner of unsavory characteristics about a person from watching this video, then I question the snap judgments you made about the people you encountered while in law enforcement). Good day.

            • Haywood

              god i hope i dont live in your area

              • Kledog

                Is your last name by chance Jahblowmee? just curious.

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                • Haywood

                  Uh oh, cops prolly trying to look Mr up right now….

    • Lebowski12

      Another Gun Hating Limo Liberal and world class ID10T. That moose just met Karma, her last name was Glock. I hope they had moose steaks, med rare.

  • Don’t be a Dick Morris

    I hope you feel like shit about it, jack ass.

  • HughJadong

    funny how his first shot was directly at the moose. he definitely wasn’t trying to scare it away.

    • Haywood

      thats all he was trying to do from the start was scare it off. and the first one was high. considering how accurate he was after that one, it was probably a warning.

  • Scott Romuld

    These posts are hilarious. Uh, yah wasted meat rotting , if it is frozen will it still rot? No. But it will keep it fresh for all those friendly wolves. Nothing goes to waste. Mice even eat the antlers that are shed.

  • Roy Black On Crack

    He capped that moose

  • Scarbender307

    Ass!

  • John C Hall Jr

    Should have put the moose out of it’s misery…a shot to the head to finish it off..he had him down…to just haul ass and leave it like that is my complaint….When I shoot critters I made sure they are flat ass dead…….

    • Scott Romuld

      Been around wounded animals. Especially large animals shot with a pee shooter pistol. Give em at least a half hour before approaching them.

      • Layla Godey

        Even deer.

      • KingAdrock

        So why did he drive right *towards* the moose, passing within an arm’s breadth of it while it was clearly still alive and moving?

  • Miketrt

    Ya know, that moose would have attacked somebody at some point once it was emboldened like that. So, guess it all worked out.

  • revolutionnaire

    Too many PETA plants on this website today.

    • Lebowski12

      PETA = People Eating Tasty Animals!

  • Matthew Budro

    LOL!!! what a bunch of Nancy Policies we’ve became . He protected himself and his friends and or family end of story to hell with moose . I do hope he went back and made sure it was dead and then gutted it properly . The moose did what came naturally and so did the guy .

  • Scott Romuld

    Ok, for the people who have never operated a sled on trails, take a look at how far the moose sinks in the snow when he is off the trail. So what happens when u drive off the trail into the woods with trees blocking the path in the deep woods? Your stuck and the moose has u pinned down and u are now a very unfortunate and possibly dead father or husband.

    • Phydeux

      Uh huh…. and what about the option of turning off the motor and sitting there quietly? I guess that never occurred to him. There was no evidence the moose was hostile prior to his antagonizing it.

      • Layla Godey

        He responded reasonably by trying to scare it away. Scaring it away is not attempting to antagonize it. That he didn’t know it would charge him was unfortunate, for both of them.

        • Phydeux

          Scaring something requires a threat.
          Antagonize means threaten.

          So tell me about how these two things are different?

          • Layla Godey

            But he wasn’t *attempting* to antagonize it. He came up on it unexpectedly, he responded in a reasonable manner to try and scare it away. It attacked, twice, and he didn’t risk the third attack. It’s unfortunate, but it was not malicious.

            • Phydeux

              Would it not also have been reasonable to shut down the engine and wait? That’s what I take issue with most. He didn’t have the patience to wait and see. If it had attacked him while sitting quietly, fine, then you defend yourself.

              • Brett Dent

                So when you come across moose on trails regularly, and “shooing” them works the majority of the time, why would you all of a sudden know to be silent?

                Like I’ve said elsewhere, shooing does work and is used all the time where I live. This moose was probably inexperienced with people or mistook the man and his snow machine as another animal and it decided to charge him.

                Really, I’m not happy the moose was shot, but I don’t see how this guy did something as “bad” as you are saying he did. I just don’t see it.

                • Phydeux

                  He approached the moose. I wouldn’t. I’d remain at a distance or back away at a reasonable pace. Shooing is only necessary if it keeps approaching you…… or if you don’t have the patience to let it leave on its own.

                  • Layla Godey

                    You’re confident that you could have gotten that snowmobile around on that trail, with people behind you, and that moose wouldn’t have seen your movement as just as threatening? Patience is a virtue- turning your back on that moose could be deadly.

                    • Phydeux

                      I’m confident that waiting to see what the moose did would have been the right move. That didn’t happen here.

                    • Layla Godey

                      I’m confident the man made a responsible attempt to scare the moose away, and shot it only after it had already twice charged him. That did happen here.

                    • Haywood

                      and im confident that the limitations of what a snowmobile can ACTUALLY do complicated the situation. pulling off into the deep snow to wait it out would not have been a safe maneuver. it would have exposed his side instead of keeping distance between the front of the sled and the animal and hed probably be dead right now. he most likely couldnt just backup, turn around, or go around. they were stuck at an impass and he tried to end it as peacefully as possible.

              • Layla Godey

                He isn’t a Buddhist monk, he’s just a guy on a snowmobile. He made an attempt to get the moose to move safely out of the way, it responded aggressively, so he defended himself from it. He obviously didn’t want to kill it or he would have just shot it right off in the first place.

              • Haywood

                couldnt pull off because there was no room and snow was too deep and they both were trying to travel the trail. not reasonable.

      • Lebowski12

        I think that what you really meant was, why was he in the woods to begin with? Nature is clearly only for animals. Humans are bad and need to be destroyed before we kill all these innocent animals for no reason what so ever.

        Another Huffpo commenter that got lost on the way to TMZ.

      • Scott Romuld

        Motors are electric. These snowmobiles have two cycle engines. Not being a moose mind reader, but relying on history of getting attacked twice and she is turning around for the third time,- my guess is the outcome will not be in his favor.

        • Phydeux

          Ok Picky Priscilla, you got me there. Engine it is. Happy now?

          • Scott Romuld

            Keep thinking of moose steaks. That would make me happy. Medium rare on the grill please.

            • Alexandros Agelastos

              hahahahaha, im Vegan but damn it, i’d try one if it was that fresh. LOL

              • Phydeux

                I’ve tried moose, and its never been very good. Too stringy and not a lot of flavor. Maybe it was a bad cut, I dunno.

                • Alexandros Agelastos

                  i haven’t eaten meat for a few years now, i bet it would taste awesome but also that it would destroy my intestines for a few days :P

                  • Haywood

                    worth it.

      • Haywood

        how was the moose going to get around them if they were on the trail the moose wanted to travel? especially when driving into the deep snow wasnt a realistic option

    • koam

      He could have turned around on the trail and given the moose space and time to move on.

      • Haywood

        not possible. snowmobiles are not magic.

    • Alexandros Agelastos

      that’s what i’ve been trying to tell everyone here… They think that snowmobiles are skis with engines.

  • thurlowharper

    He should have waited for the moose to leave the trail. The Wildlife has the right of way, like it or not. I understand defending himself, but he shot the moose when it was not attacking him.

    • Lebowski12

      Really? did you watch the video? It was clearly coming back to attack. What we do not know is what happened prior to this and after.

      • KingAdrock

        I’ve watched the video more than once and I don’t see a second attack. The moose’s back is still turned when he fired the first round. So how exactly he “attacked twice”?

    • Haywood

      it attacked him twice for fucks sake

  • Michele L Clark

    OH come ON! First off many are taught this tactic when they SEE animals on trails and he had his family with HIM so maybe you would have been happier if they had all died instead. Go hug a tree and cry a river somewhere else. Unless you were there and you had been taught what to do in this situation maybe you should do some research FIRST. Sure it sucks and it is sad but DAMN let’s just hang the human before we get the FACTS straight. LOL!

  • ted

    Video of what NOT to do…should have just took the left in the beginning of the video and avoided the entire situation…also when it turned around the first time, warning shots would have kept it going…too late now.

    • Brett Dent

      Your glaring ignorance of moose is obvious. Moose are very stubborn animals that don’t just run away while frightened and will continue to attack. Just google Alaskan moose attacks and read some of the stories.

      While warning shots may have thwarted its attempts, I’d hate to put 12 rounds of 9mm into a charging moose only to have it keep coming. Then what?

      The only possible thing I can think of is that he could have used his snow machine to go around, but the video shows that even the moose was sinking in pretty good. I’m not sure if his machine would have gotten stuck.

      • koam

        When you see a moose you should back off and get out of view.

        • Brett Dent

          Oh really? Where exactly do they teach such things? And if they do teach them, what makes THAT advice the correct advice? This is coming from someone who sees moose on a weekly basis.

          Also, he was on a snow machine on a narrow track. It sounded like he had others with him, so I’m not sure he was able to back off.

          GUYS… THIS VIDEO DOESN’T TELL US THE WHOLE STORY. Jeez, Louise.

          People like you are either saying he either made dumb choices, or he WANTED to shoot the moose. So, until you can show me anything that says he 100% made a dumb choice, I’d have to defer to the human’s side in this one.

  • Kelly

    I’m pro-gun, but this guy screwed up on many levels – not avoiding the confrontation to begin with, unnecessary hail-fire of bullets – i.e. being a panicking coward, and then ostensibly leaving the moose to rot in the woods.
    However, we all do screw up occasionally, and he did not deserve to be killed by a moose.

    This really doesn’t support the pro-gun argument IMO. Stick to the real reasons outlined by our founding fathers.

    • Lebowski12

      LOL @ pro-gun! I call BS.

    • Brett Dent

      Oh shush.

      First off, you can’t always “avoid” a confrontation with wildlife. I live in Anchorage and when I’m biking the trails here, you do come up on moose ALL THE TIME. You don’t always see them a mile away, you don’t always have a chance to take another route, and you don’t always have an opportunity to know their intention.

      As for you saying he “panicked,” I’d say how? He attempted to shoo the animal way. He kept yelling at it. It even charged his machine (which could have killed him had it stomped him). I think he waited as long as he felt safe to do so before shooting.

      Also, to bring out 2nd Amendment into this is ridiculous. And to say that he “left it to rot” in the woods is stupid. By law, he needs to report it to fish and game, then they come and collect the carcass after an investigation.

      And our founders gave the right to keep arms for several reasons. One of which was self defense, which this man did.

      • Phydeux

        You will know the moose’s intention if you have the patience to wait and watch. He did not, now the moose is dead for it.

        • Layla Godey

          After the second charge, I think he had the moose’s intention figured out.

          • Phydeux

            I was talking about its intentions from the start, not after he’d closed the distance on it. Clearly there were fewer options at that point.

            • Layla Godey

              It was reasonable for him to assume it would leave. It’s clear he was trying to get it to just move along safely. The moose responded in a different manner and he took two charges before getting his gun out.

      • koam

        No, he approached the moose rather than back away. This is a man provoking a dangerous animal, rather than giving it space and time to move away.

        • Brett Dent

          Provoking? Not exactly. Shouting at animals to get them off roads and trails is a regular thing, at least where I live in Alaska. Like I’ve said elsewhere, moose have relatively poor eyesight and many hiking guides/rangers (and even my friend who worked for the parks department here) say that it is best to back out if you have a chance, or to “shoo” them at a distance by making a lot of noise or yelling. This same advice goes for bears here as well.

          Now, given that he was on a snow machine (and on a narrow track) with others possibly behind him, I’d say him backing out or turning around would have made as much noise because you can’t back out a snow machine with the engine off. Just doesn’t work that way.

          So, go ahead and tell people who live in places like I do what they “ought to do” if it makes you feel better. All I can say is that I hope you never get charged by an animal the size of a moose, yearling or not.

      • Alexandros Agelastos

        Amen!

  • KillerKali

    the moose didn’t attack him what a misleading fucking title, this dude drove towards it and provoked the animal

  • Alexandros Agelastos

    the man was clearly attacked, the moose was about to return and re-attack. The people here condemning him must be New York city asshats who’ve never been in nature. It’s like saying to someone who comes across a black mamba: “move back, hide, hope it doesn’t catch you”. No, you kill it and move on. I am a Vegan and organic farmer, but that Moose was dangerous and if it had hurt the guy with the gun, maybe the person behind him would be next and it could’ve been his child. You don’t hesitate or you’re gone. That’s the rule of the forest. Unfortunately, we don’t have long teeth and nails or attack in groups, so we need weapons when living in the wild. And don’t tell me “get out of the wild, go live in a city” because cities are causing a million times more harm than a single guy with a gun.

    • Phydeux

      The man antagonized the moose by approaching it and calling out.

      The moose responded with a feint to drive him off.

      He provoked the moose further rather than simply find another route past the moose. Maybe because his pride was hurt or because the moose had scratched his snowmobile with its hooves.

      Any way you look at it, the moose didn’t need to die. He could have just gone another way.

      • Alexandros Agelastos

        Probably, but you don’t turn your back on a Moose. It’ll come after you. It’s not a post, its a living wild animal. Also, i don’t know if it was possible for him to even turn that thing on the thick snow. I don’t know if it was even possible to get out of that trail. Stepping on the snowmobile is not a faint, it’s just pure luck that it was the snowmobile and not his legs that was stepped on.

        • Phydeux

          At the very beginning of this the moose posed no threat and wasn’t going to “come after him”. It was curious about the path. At that point he could have either shut off the engine and walked away, sat there, or whatever. But he did the worst thing he could do, he antagonized it.

          • Alexandros Agelastos

            i agree with you on this. I would’ve never drive towards it, that was VERY stupid. But since he did that, the damage was already done. Confrontation thus death of one of them was inevitable.

            • Phydeux

              No, I think the moose was being generous enough after taking that first swipe to let him go with a warning, but he wouldn’t back down.

              • Alexandros Agelastos

                And the man was generous enough to not shoot it until it attacked first. You see that this is just opinions or are you that certain you’re right and can’t see past your ego? This is a done deal, this happened, can’t do anything about it. If you get yourself in a similar position, do the wise thing. The moose was attacking a second time before it got shot. Too bad.

        • Fernando Arboleda

          alexandros you are a total dipshit moron…all the guy had to do was turn off the engine and appreciate the beauty until the animal moved on unthreatened, and the idiot human could continue, but no he had to be macho rummrummm…challenging the animal out in nature, only a complete asshole would do what this numbnuts did and only morons and mental midgets with no balls would justify his actions!…this human filth is worthless!

          • Haywood

            he tried to scare it off. it didnt work. god forbid you ever attempt something that doesnt work.

    • KillerKali

      the moose was far away from him and this idiot drives towards it and starts yelling. you can’t be this dumb

      • Alexandros Agelastos

        now what do you expect me to say when you use the word “dumb” to give merit to your opinion? “Killer” Kali. If i were him, i wouldn’t have driven towards it, but he did it to scare it away. It didn’t work. Too bad for the Moose but driving towards it was the only thing he did wrong. And if we weren’t on a “civil” discussion board, i’d show you who’s “this dumb”. But it’s irrelevant here.

    • Fernando Arboleda

      dont have teeth or nails?…you got a fucken gun, for god’s sake…find a more intelligent way to deal with the situation than macho i will shoot your ass, you touched my valuable little piece of shit toy!…the prick acted like a big city moron in a hurry, why not find a more sensible way to relax and enjoy the moment…turn the engine off and watch….what utter tiny excuses for human beings!

      • Phydeux

        Thank you Fernando! Finally I’m not the only person with eyes that see.

        • Lebowski12

          LOL only you PETA/HUFFPO trolls think that you should just take a mauling because I do not want to scare the poor wittle moose (insert any animal) with by big bad gun that makes me feel like a bad ol Redneck. We could have read a story about phyduex (french for idiot) stopping her snow machine to hug a cute moose, only to be mauled by it. The rest of the tree huggers’ party was horrified that a wild animal had the propensity for such violence when it was clear to all, that where not there , that FidO really just wanted to hug one of Gods creatures.

          • Phydeux

            1) I hate PETA.
            2) I hate HuffPo, I’m a conservative.
            3) Phydeux means nothing in French.
            4) I don’t hug creatures (except cats or dogs) and I leave animals in the wild, unlike idiots with snowmobiles.

            As for trolling, you’re the pot calling the kettle black!

            • Lebowski12

              Fido, phydeux, You spell it cajun style- which is mostly french. You are clearly on the PETA side of conservatism regarding to being out in the woods and confronted with wild animals. You obviously do not like people that ride or own snow machines, or gun owners that ride snow machines. Don’t be a H8TR, love your snow machine riding gun loving neighbor.

              • Phydeux

                Fortunately for me, my views of politics aren’t nearly as black-and-white as yours.

                • Lebowski12

                  Defending yourself against a charging wild animal that out weighs you by several hundred pounds is pretty black and white. It was going to be him or the moose. You can choose to let it kill you. I will take the other path and kill the moose. You think that all wild animals are just so sweet and will leave you alone if you stay far enough away? What if this rider needed to get to someone who was hurt and did not have the time to just wait for it to wander off. Knee jerk responses to a tiny bit of info shows that you judge before you know all the facts, which is typical now days. I clearly do not have such facts, but will defend this person until i know other wise. Are you willing to change your mind if you knew more? Politics on the other hand are gray enough, there lies the problem, too much gray and not enough clarity. Everyone that works in leadership roll in the Govt needs to be fired, especially congress.

      • Alexandros Agelastos

        read the rest of the comments and SHUT THE F*** UP with this “human beings” shit! You’re a grand example of human idiocy, right here! Shut it with your arrogant shit.

    • KingAdrock

      The moose charged him, but then moved away and he shot it in the back. That is not self defense. Then to make it worse he didn’t even kill the animal. It was still moving and trying to get up while he just drove away. Even by a hunter’s ethic that’s disgusting and wrong. If you shoot an animal, for sport or self defense, you shoot to KILL. Not wound and leave to suffer. He had half a dozen bullets left in the magazine, he could had easily ethically ended its life. Instead he just drove away and cruelly let it bleed to death. That’s inexcusable.

  • Nikolay

    This guy is an asshole that confronted a wild animal that was minding its own business. I hope he gets tracked down and punished the furthest extant of the law, fined for poaching and his Glock confiscated. The asshole could’ve waited 2 minutes and watched the moose go off on its own accord. Most people would kill for a few minutes with a wild animal as majestic as this in nature.

    • Lebowski12

      Another huffpo/peta troll that also happens to be an expert on all things relating to guns and wildlife. Do tell me more what you would have done.

      • Nikolay

        I already told you what I would have done, dumbfuck. I’m not a member of PETA either. Stick your nose up someone else’s ass like the dog that you are, i’ve got a very little tolerance for idiots seeking out online fights.

        • Lebowski12

          LOL Obagger troll. I suspect that you would cried to your mamma that that big ol moose scared you and would not leave. What an Idiot you are, head on back to HUFFPO where you are from or got lost going to. Maybe you can tempt Karma, and do us a favor, by going out and playing in the woods in the Northwest unarmed.
          Guns are scary and defending yourself against a wild beast that out weighs you by 100′s of pounds is easy, huh? How about you get ALL the facts, none of which have been presented, before you go all Rosey Odonnell on us. You see a 2min clip and all the sudden you are a wildlife expert, judge and jury all in one. So Check yourself Obagger.

        • Lebowski12

          HAHAHA Really, you would be out on the woods on a snowmachine? I doubt you have left your mothers basement in years, much less know how to handle a real weapon. Call of Duty does not count as weapons training. You might not be a PETA, but I am pretty sure you are an anti 2A pajama boy that works at Media Blathers.

  • Behning Brad

    It seemed unnecessary, and how convenient there was a camera going… He could have just ridden by the thing. I hope the game warden fines him big time.

    • Nthis

      Do you understand animal territorialism? If he would’ve done that it’s likely the guy would’ve ended up with severe injuries or worse.

    • Haywood

      gopros are everywhere

  • Bret Wade

    SHOULD HAVE MADE SURE THE COW WAS KIA THEN TAKEN HER MEAT FOR THE WINTER WHAT A WAST

  • Joey

    as a hunter , and wildlife preserver , he did the right thing, he couldn’t go no other way and he was attacked, he shot a warning shot and was still being confronted

    • Seamus Cameron

      Watch the clip more closely Joey he had an opportunity right away to turn to the left.

      He encroached on the animal. He caused the whole confrontation.

      • Lebowski12

        Another keyboard cowboy who was obviously there and saw the whole thing. Please tell us what happened 5-10 prior and after the clip! If you where not there, which I am pretty sure you where not, how about saving your PETA diatribe for the Puffho.

      • Haywood

        not always a smart idea to follow the tracks of someone else. i did that before and wrapped one around an oak tree.

  • Scott Romuld

    If u dont snow mobil, or hunt and understand how moose think and act, hold your comments. Actually some of these comments are from people who clearly don’t have a clue and never been in or understand the danger of that scenario. Darn lucky he had a gun even if it was a small moose.

    • Seamus Cameron

      Why didn’t he turn off to the left (just a few seconds into the video). Maybe people who can’t pay attention to detail are the one’s who are wrong.

      • Lebowski12

        LOL, so you are an expert on all thing Moose, wildlife while snow machining in deep snow? Did you wander away the Huffpo internets?

      • Haywood

        just because someone else did it, doesnt mean it was a good idea to go off in the deep snow. did you see where that “trail” ended? because you have to look to see where it goes BEFORE you take it and he was a little preoccupied with a moose….

  • DeeDee1213

    I believe that was totally uncalled for, he kept inching forward on the snowmobile and making the noises he was making. (i see it as the man was irritating the already scared moose.)

  • Skylar

    Make yourself big (standing up on the snowmobile) and make lots of noise (clapping and shouting). He did what he could to try and scare the moose away. His first shot was even a warning shot, high-left. I don’t see why people are getting upset at this guy, he acted reasonably. It’s still sad for the animal, but it doesn’t make this guy a bad person for defending himself.

    • KillerKali

      because he didn’t have to approach the moose at all maybe?

      • Skylar

        A mock charge is often the best way to scare off a prey animal. He may have done this 50 times before successfully, but this moose decided to be territorial. You think after he failed to spook it, he should have just taken the beating from the moose?

  • Xzen667

    Ok the guy made a lot of noise which typically scares off prey animals. The Moose did not react in a typical fashion. I’m not surprised or angry by the outcome.

    • Mick

      Do you…nature much, dude? The moose is but a prey animal to only a few apex predators. It TOTALLY acted in “typical fashion”. That’s the problem. It why he was wrong, and why you are too. He forced confrontation and didn’t have to, and that makes him a retard for even having to defend himself in the first place, and makes him an irresponsible gun owner.

      • Xzen667

        Funny you should ask. I live in the northern mountains of New Mexico. I hike and have encountered elk, bear, and, cougar in the wild. I’ve also hiked around Yellowstone and have encountered moose and bear there as well. You city folk shouldn’t chime in on things you know nothing about.

        • Mick

          Ohh wow, you live in the cushy northern mountains of northern NM, where all the wannbes from CA live who think they are now suddenly nature savvy? City folk LMAO. Look, ‘tard, you can say where you LIVE all you like. You didn’t say where you GREW UP. I grew up my entire life in rural Texas, never any closer than an hour away from anything you could call a “big city”. I’ve carried firearms since I was 8, and grew up on family farms and ranches, having to tend everything from chicken to racehorses and cattle. The fact that you claim to be so nature savvy (because you *live there), yet you are completely clueless about what is a “prey” animal and how moose “typically” react, exemplifies that it’s you who shouldn’t chime in, because you don’t know jack shit. Own it, and STFU.

          • Xzen667

            I’ve lived here my whole life. Cushy? The nearest convenience store is an hour away and if you have to go to the hospital in an emergency you have to be airlifted out. There are a few silly Californian folks like you living here. Rural Texas huh. Those hogs are pretty scary. I hope you don’t try to hug one.

  • Invictus_Lux

    It was a reasonable thing to do and not done maliciously. Hopefully he contacted some local specialty game restaurant and told them were it was and some patrons got a great meal out of this.

    • Mick

      It was not reasonable. You are unreasonable if you can’t discern this. I hope you don’t own weapons.

  • Sky Twelker

    Yah, I don’t think this is cool. Should have had some patience for the animal to run off. If it would not move, could have even scared it off with a shot or two in a safe direction before moving even closer to the moose. Or God forbid, turn back and go for a ride another day. But by any means don’t let the moose ruin your day of riding.

    • Layla Godey

      It appeared that at least the first shot Was a warning shot, he even said “git”. But the moose turned, and having already charged him twice,…

  • Miketrt

    He should have stopped and put it down if it was suffering. Dumb move by the moose, really. Sad that it came to that.

    • Skylar

      You don’t know what happened after the video stopped, he could have gone back once he knew he was safe.

      • Miketrt

        Never said I did.

      • Fernando Arboleda

        ya right, that asshole sped off, obvious he is an idiot to begin with who could give a shit about the animal…no respectt
        !

    • revolutionnaire

      Are you stupid? How many more times do you suggest he get attacked before he defended himself?

      • Alexandros Agelastos

        who are you talking to? Relax, all the above comments said the same thing as you.

      • Fernando Arboleda

        it is a damned shame that there are so many stupid human beings actually defending the action of that fucking idiot with the gun……why not try turning off your engine and not threatening the animal? why not try plan b or c…patience and enjoy life and the moment…that animal would NOT have attacked if you give it time, but no you have to give it bullets and macho bullshit…what afucking piece of human filth, and it is almost as sad that you have people on here stupid enough to defend the moron!

        • Alexandros Agelastos

          you must hate yourself so much, it’s disgusting.

          People like you are what’s wrong with humanity.

        • Layla Godey

          What was “macho” about it? He tried to “shoo” the animal way…not “macho”. He took two charges before he got his gun out…not “macho”. The man attempted to get the animal to move off on its own-it didn’t, it charged him.

      • Miketrt

        No, but apparently you are. Or just an obnoxious fu*k who lacks general manners.

        He could have fired a shot in the snow to scare it. I’m not saying that’s the exact best thing to do, but my post did not deserve your rude reply douchewad.

    • Haywood

      he waited until the moose climbed his hood. thats long enough. he DID scream and make a fuss. he pulled his gun after the 2nd attack. also, NEVER approach a wounded animal until you are sure its dead. that is an awful idea.

      • Miketrt

        Not sure why you think it’s the 2nd attack unless you know something the video doesn’t show. I meant screamed and made a fuss (couple shots in the ground) after the attack. But, I see your point. Seems the first shot didn’t scare it much so probably would not have worked. Probably did all he could looking at it again.

        • Haywood

          Made 2 runs at him and about to do it again. Whether you want to specifically call it an attack, i don’t know. I would. He wasn’t a puppy.

  • Bryan

    This man is an idiot. I hunt. I own plenty of guns. I even have a permit to carry a concealed gun. This man was the aggressor. He caused the moose’s reaction. He had no right to kill it. It was completely unnecessary. It didn’t charge the man until he pushed into his territory. He should have waited for the moose to leave, or at the minimum, waited to see if it charged him again. Instead he simply pulled out his gun and shot it. This is a horrible video and not representative of libertarian views.

    • Nthis

      You come on here and this is your first comment? Let me guess, you consider yourself to be a left-libertarian with the libertarian part being optional. And you’ll make up stories just to try and (weakly) sway opinions, towards your flawed world view, by any means.

      You’re not needed here.

      • Bryan

        Obviously you don’t know much about the libertarian party or the causes they support. All you understand is conflict and you’re just trying to stir up trouble. Keep trying. Keep being ignorant of the world around you. Keep being a sheep. Ignorance is bliss.

        • Nthis

          No, ‘obviously’ you don’t. If you consider yourself a left-libertarian, you’ve been trained like a robot to try and disrupt libertarianism. Your cause is to push it leftward and towards being more pro-big government. A libertine is not the same thing as a libertarian.

    • Mick

      Absolutely. This is evidence of this man’s poor judgement with firearms. The fact that he forced the confrontation and then had to resort to a firearm in the first place, is evidence he is not competent to carry in my opinion. He’s demonstrating that he is a cowboy when he’s carrying, when had he not been carrying, I would bet you that he would not have chanced running up on a moose like that.

    • revolutionnaire

      You know damn well your fatass wouldn’t have been able to run away and would’ve done the same thing. The only difference is, you would have ate it right there on the spot.

    • Alexandros Agelastos

      not representative of Bryan’s views.

    • Haywood

      “or at the minimum, waited to see if it charged him again.” really dude? the moose already climbed up on his hood. the next time he would have been either severely injured or dead

  • Scott Romuld

    I would have been grilling steaks within the hr.

  • Cris

    Shameful! This was NOT selfdefense! He was NOT attacked at first! The guy, attacked, encroached, provoked and shot the animal. There is no sportsmanship there, no respect, nor understanding for wild life. He is a coward!!!

  • CMJO

    He should have at least taken him home to eat him!

  • Brett Dent

    I live in Anchorage and moose are NOT uncommon at all. Everyone knows to stay away from them if you see them.

    With that said, had this guy been on foot, I could understand the shooting. But, he had a snow machine and very well could have went around or even turned the other way.

    On the other hand, the moose DID charge him. He wasn’t being aggressive by getting too close. Many teachings in this area say to make a lot of noise (especially if you see a bear) to scare them off.

    I don’t think this guy wanted to shoot anything. It is more hassle to shoot it (even to defend himself) because of possible fines and police paperwork.

    • Mick

      You are assuming that most idiots in the woods who shoot something *think it’s a hassle, or that they think about fines and paperwork. It’s blatantly obvious that this moron was not a thinker, or he would not have advanced on the moose in the first place. He put himself in harm’s way and pressed a confrontation, and I wouldn’t at all be surprised if he did it intentionally. He had a camera rolling, for what? Because he was a nature lover? No…because it wouldn’t have been good enough to just wait the animal out a few minutes down the trail, or to go another way and avoid conflict. It’s dipshits like this guy who I don’t like among gun owners, because the fact that he EVEN HAD TO USE THE WEAPON is evidence that he is irresponsible, when better judgements could have prevailed and avoided the confrontation entirely.

      • Layla Godey

        People have their cameras rolling all the time-they do it on motorcycles, too. He attempted to scare it away in a reasonable manner, but it was an aggressive moose that had already charged him twice before it turned again-he wasn’t willing to take the third chance against a moose that came up over the top of his snowmobile. This doesn’t appear to be malicious.

      • Brett Dent

        When I say “hassle,” what I really mean is the police/game wardens finding that you acted in self defense. There are hefty penalties as Alaskans take wildlife abuse very seriously.

        Second, he did not appear to “advance” on the moose at all. Hell, we get closer to moose right outside of my house in downtown Anchorage. He was a good distance away.

        As for why he “has a video camera,” this is not at all abnormal. In fact, pretty much anyone here who owns a snow machine owns a GoPro. The point of said device is not to use it once a year, it is to document your hobbies. This guy was snow machining, so it is pretty normal for him to be rolling video.

        Also, your ignorance of guns is apparent. Your statement of “… because the fact that he EVEN HAD TO USE THE WEAPON” is not indicative of being irresponsible, especially when in the Alaskan wilderness (or other wilderness) where moose attacks happen regularly. A weapon is for self-defense.

        The issue here isn’t him using his gun, the issue here is whether or not he made the right choice in trying to “shoo” the animal off the tracks. Which, like I said, is TAUGHT here in places like Denali that it is the best thing to do if you come up on an animal. The majority of the time, they leave.

        Just how much experience do you have with these animals? I run into them on a daily basis in the summers here on the biking trails.

        • Lebowski12

          Well said, I NEVER go into the woods without being armed. You never know what is lurking around the next tree. Moose, Crazy tree hugging keyboard cowboy liberal.

          • Brett Dent

            Hahahahaha… those keyboard cowboys are worse than the moose!

  • Zack

    Ok, well next time you people are on a trail with your kids, you can try to outrun the moose before it mauls you or your children to death. Then we can all comment about your family being mauled by wild animals on this very website. Idiots.

  • Chris Fretwell

    Why not stay back for 30 minutes? Duh

  • Steven Gibbs

    The stupidity in this comment section brings a smile to my face.

    • Zack

      I know, the guy was clearly attacked. I would have done the same thing in his position.

      • bull864 .

        Come on guys!! To a certain segment of the population, the lives of animals are more important than the lives of humans, unless it’s their life we’re talking about.

        • Nthis

          To the left-wingers, it always is animal life over humans. Their favored system of Communism proves that.

  • littlebigman21

    I don’t get it with all the negative comments about this guy. The deer family is the bigger threat to human life than any other animal. People die each year from deer and elk attacks. Moose are very territorial and will charge you if they think you are in their way. As they have on highways in Canada and other places where there are moose. They will literally charge at cars as they are driving down the highway. He did everything he thought was right to do at the time to get by this moose but had it charge him and it was getting ready to charge him again. He unfortunately had to shoot it. The only thing I wouldn’t have done in his position was to charge at it with the snow machine. But other then that, he had no choice but to shoot it after it started it’s assault.

    • Mick

      Then you just don’t get it, and that’s all there is to it. The negative comments are deserved. He FORCED confrontation with an animal that was otherwise no threat to him. he advanced and taunted the animal in it’s space. He’s a friggin ass and anyone who doesn’t get that is a friggin ass.

      • Lebowski12

        The only ass is you and all the other PETA folks here. We do not know if he tried to go around and was followed. We see a 2min clip and you act as if that is the whole thing. You are dumbAzz for jumping to conclusions without all the facts. Typical of a knee-jerk keyboard expert of all things on the internet.

        1st rule of playing in the woods, BE ARMED. This could have ended with a mauled or dead human, but to some of you id10ts, that would have been preferred outcome.

        BTW, PETA= People Eating Tasty Animals.

      • CaptainAhab

        No threat? How do you know the first attack didn’t already put a hoof print on the guy’s chest?

      • littlebigman21

        I don’t think you get it. Moose are territorial and will take out anything that stands in their path, especially when the trail that they are on is the easiest to travel and you have a snow machine in the way.

        • Mick

          I get it perfectly, and I think I get it better than you do from all angles. I’m actually an academically accredited animal control instructor and my specialty is wildlife. LOL
          I understand their behaviors perfectly, and I’m also a firearms owner and former soldier. What you aren’t getting is that this fuckstick should have known better about approaching a moose, and he created the situation by closing and continuing to close, and continuing to close, and all the while making noise and threatening the animal. It defended itself after he kept creeping up on it like a predator, when his dumb ass had far safer options available. THAT is the issue. Even after it came upon him the first time and retreated, he doubled down on stupid. He’s a fukin retard, and the fact that he had to even pull his weapon and use it in this situation is evidence not of his competence, but his lack of it. That’s not someone who needs to be carrying a firearm.

          • littlebigman21

            I will concede to that.

  • Layla Godey

    I have no idea what I would have done in that situation. It seems reasonable that he thought the moose would have been scared away rather than attack him. He didn’t pull the gun out until after he had already tried to scare it away-he couldn’t have known that it would attack. I do hope he went back after he was sure he was clear to make sure it wasn’t suffering.

    • koam

      Moose will charge. It’s very common. You must give them space and time to move away. The humans were on snow machines and could have retreated or taken a different path away from the dangerous animal. There’s no excuse for assholes like this guy.

      • Layla Godey

        I don’t know that they could get their snowmobiles turned around on that trail. And he clearly tried to scare it away-perhaps he wasn’t willing to risk a third time with a large, powerful moose that had already shown it would attack.

        • Mick

          It seems that your seeming he was reasonable, is not at all reasonable, when it’s pretty well common sense to anyone living or frequenting such areas that moose will charge. It’s pretty well common sense that you don’t make noise and continue advancing on such an animal, especially if it’s NOT MOVING AWAY from you. He could have waited, he could have turned around, but instead he chose to press a confrontation because he knew he had a gun. Had he not had a firearm, I bet you any amount of money he would not have pressed it. This was irresponsible, he put himself in harms way, he is entirely at fault in this, and it shows his failure in competence to carry in my opinion because he willfully placed himself in the situation with ultra piss poor judgement. That’s not the sort of asshat I want carrying firearms. And not willing to risk a third time? Are you serious with that statement? If he was not willing to risk, he should have removed himself after the first TWO?? WTF are YOU thinking?

          • Layla Godey

            It seems that your seeming he was unreasonable is unreasonable. How could he know the moose would even be there? He made himself appear larger, he made noise, he thought the moose would leave-he had no idea this moose would respond in any other manner. He took two charges before getting out his gun, And fired a warning shot first-if you think he should have taken a third because “well, maybe” against a moose, what are YOU thinking?

      • exsanguine

        retreat, on a narrow trail, on a sled….with people behind him. No, no and no. Much less turning your back on a moose. geebus.

        • Haywood

          OMG yes. im betting MOST of these people have never ridden a snowmobile

      • Mick

        Agreed. It displays him as someone too irresponsible to carry a firearm. He FORCED the situation and he likely wouldn’t have been such a cowboy had he not been carrying. This isn’t evidence of his good judgement and success. It’s evidence of his failure to resolve conflict with good judgement when better choices were available.

  • Zehnhund

    This ASS needs to have his sled and gun confiscated!!
    THIS was the completely unnecessary slaughter of an innocent moose and unless he did return and finish the moose off properly he has NO business with a gun or being in the woods.
    HE continually moved closer to the moose when RULE #1 when encountering a wild animal is to give it space.
    To the moose the guy was challenging him and he reacted! Had this guy been legitimately defending himself, my only issue would have been not killing the animal properly. Which he don’t know for sure he didn’t. As it stands this guy is one of those that gives the rest of us that are pro-gun and hunt serious problems!

  • petervq

    According to what is seen on the video, it is the man who is approaching the moose first ! what the heck is he doing going closer ?!?! give the animal space, retreat a bit, hide behind a tree, make more noise… have a bit of patience with Nature for goodness sake… – as the video stands, it is clearly him who is escalating this unnecessarily – adrenalin or not, even as a city dweller I understand you don’t confront a moose head on – pretty sad, indeed

    • koam

      You’re right, peter

    • exsanguine

      …and yet another clown who knows nothing about the behavior of male moose and how very dangerous they can be. The Stupid is strong in this thread.

      • Phydeux

        Its a female moose dumbass. Learn your animals.

        The stupid is advancing on a passive animal with a noisy engine while hollering and banging your hands together in threatening fashion.

        Maybe if you’d been in the Boy Scouts or gotten out of a city once in a while you’d understand this.

    • hausding

      how did he just happen to have the camera and a weapon while out snowmobiling with his family………..sounds way too phony to me.

  • lmdk2

    Shoot the moose dead !!! Don’t just leave it , Jerk I understand defending // But ???

    • exsanguine

      He got clear of the trail into the open so his sledmates c0ould also get off the trail. Since we dont know what he did after — like going back to make sure it was put down you should probably not assume anything. mmkay?

  • C’est la vie

    He was in the moose’s domain. Damn him with his loud roaring ATV. I’d charge him too if he was near my home. It’s an invasion of animals property. Damn humans. They’ve seem to ruin everything.

  • koam

    This is not a good recruiting video for Libertarianism. The comments are overwhelmingly negative.

  • Mick

    This wasn’t a snowmobiler being attacked by a moose! This was a snowmobiler ATTACKING a moose. Damn idiots. He had camera rolling and everything and I’d be more inclined to believe he pushed to confrontation just to have an excuse to kill something, and this is the type of moron I don’t care to see counted among gun owners.

    • bull864 .

      Well, I saw the same video you saw and I could’ve sworn I saw a moose charging the guy on the snowmobile. Maybe since the guy on the snowmobile didn’t die you’re upset?

    • CaptainAhab

      Moose are very dangerous animals. If this guy planned to do what he did, he would have killed the moose before the first attack. The man is lucky to be alive.

  • Ken Cooper

    As a trained killer, he did a good job dispatching the object and continuing his mission.

  • Mick

    This guy is a f-ing tard and if anyone needed to die, it was HIM. He crept into the space of this animal and challenged it. He could have waited it out, he could have gone another direction, but he chose, like a friggin dumbass to press the situation and cause a conflict. It was entirely his fault. I only wish he could be prosecuted for it. Fukin moron.

    • Jeff Cordero

      The animal owned that space? It had a title to it? He gave the moose plenty of warning, the moose charged him, the moose LOST. I’m on team people. Hope a wild animal kills you so I can laugh at how you “crept into it’s space” but you probably don’t get out of your trailer park much.

      • Mick

        You’re a fuckin moron. Yes, as much as anything could own the space, the animal did at that time. What? The stupid ass human had a title to it? You know how fuckin stupid you sound, jackass? It’s about the fact that it was senseless, and he was stupid, and if you knew a goddamned thing about safety to begin with, you would know that he PUT himself in harms way with a stupid decision. I’d wager that between the two of us that it’s your stupid ass that would be killed in an animal confrontation, because you’re just as dumb as he is. And, moron…I’m not only on team humane, but team common-sense. Apparently, you are not even in the league.

        • Jeff Cordero

          Wow what an angry fat diabetic, go watch some more nature programs fatty. I wouldn’t have shot the moose myself (although I might choke YOU out in person) but it’s not like the moose was entitled to do whatever it wanted. If the moose did that to a puma and the puma killed it would you be so mad? Leave the gene pool retard.

          • Phydeux

            Watch some nature programs? How about actually going OUT into nature instead. Maybe then you’d understand the moose was entitled to being left alone.

  • koam

    He was on a snow machine and could have avoided the moose rather than approach it trying to scare it off. He was looking for a confrontation.

    • littlebigman21

      He was clearly on a trail.

      • David Turboe Pierce

        The Moose realized that?

        What a freaking ignorant human…

    • exsanguine

      He was on a trail. You have obviously never, ever encountered a moose in person, on a sled in the middle of nowhere. Moose are very, very territorial and they will charge you and stomp your ass. If you don’t know what the hell you are talking about do not comment on it. clown

  • Ed White

    You mean to tell me he couldn’t out run the moose on a snowmobile

    • koam

      He should have waited at a distance for the moose to move or should have turned the snow machine to take another route away from the moose. This guy wanted to do this.

      • CMJO

        Wow. You don’t know much about these things, do you? Normally the moose would have let out of fear. This time it didn’t. You can’t say that he wanted to do this. That’s just ignorant.

        • Phydeux

          Koam’s right. He provoked the moose into action. If he’d simply gone around nothing would have happened.

          The moose was clearly more interested in the path than the man until the man started hollering and approaching.

          • CMJO

            Wrong. Sorry. I live in the country and many people in my family have ranches. He was trying to scare it off the trail. If you noticed, there was already a trail for the snowmobiles. You say nothing would have happened, but how do you know? Were you there? So you know that he wanted to kill him from the start? He must be a great actor.

            • Phydeux

              I don’t know, that’s the point. But he also didn’t have the patience to see what the moose would do first. He just charged on into its space.

        • fliteking

          Been an outdoorsman 46 years, this clown pushed the animal into trying to defend it;s territory.

          Further, the animal is a yearling in deep snow, the animal is feeling 24/7 fight or flight and at high risk from predators .

          The guy on the sled was an idiot.

          Unless starving or ‘in season’ , an experienced and respectful outdoorsman would have let the animal pass giving plenty of room.

          Butt-wipes like this clown give outdoor sports a bad wrap.

          • Shannon Doll

            Exactly!

            • fliteking

              Thanks Shannon, tight lines and good hunting.

          • HughJadong

            yeah they do. and it didn’t look like it was dead when he drove by after he shot it. what a schmuck…

            • fliteking

              Yes, a fecal stain with a gun. Probably even voted “Straight Democratic Ticket” too.

    • Phydeux

      That would have required him to think outside the path the moose was blocking. Clearly he was incapable.

      • CMJO

        Clearly you don’t know much about outdoor stuff.

        • Phydeux

          Clearly you’re wrong. Grew up in the Boy Scouts, going spelunking, and hiking. I still backpack when I can, and I’ve been around bears and moose without incident. You just have to be willing to not be a threat OR a victim.

          • CMJO

            Clearly you didn’t learn anything about wildlife. Good job! :)

    • Scott Romuld

      U obviously have no clue regarding that situation.

    • fliteking

      No, the trail was to narrow and likely loose snow around him.This is a “flat lander” or “city boy” mistake.

      Captain Sphinctos should have stayed well back from the animal and waited the moose out, let the animal go about it’s business.

      Having been a sportsman for many years, if this clown had done the same while me and my pals were around he would have had his ass kicked.

      Sometimes animals are very aggressive and you must protect yourself but in this case the douche bag taking the helmet cam vid is at fault.

      I’d love to see a video of this idiot trying to defend himself with a glock against an angry bear . . . would only make that mistake once.

      Give mother nature plenty of room.

    • Shannon Doll

      Exactly.

  • Bob Smith

    Boy…. That escalated quickly.

  • Etickets

    Cull the human attacking moose from the herd. Darwinism. (and yes, hopefully he put it out of its misery).

  • Seamus Cameron

    As a hunter, outdoorsman I’m absolutely disgusted by this.

    • David Turboe Pierce

      Agree. I hope this is fake…

      • Seamus Cameron

        No, it’s very real and the Moose ended up very dead.

        • David Turboe Pierce

          Disgusting.

        • Zack

          Dead!

    • InconvenientTruthsYouHate

      Because you’d have done what, instead, when a moose was physically charging and hoofing you?

      • Phydeux

        If he’d gone AROUND the moose in the first place none of this would have happened. Its a big outdoors, plenty of room for both man and moose without antagonizing one another.

        • InconvenientTruthsYouHate

          Please point the the time signature on the video where you can see an alternate route AROUND the moose.
          The snowmobiles (that’s plural, and was possibly family members) were clearly on a path, in a squeeze with little room to turn around, let alone turn off.
          If you know anything about the subject, you know you can’t just “go off path” as there are always hazards like downed trees, roots, rock outcroppings, and such, and many will be hidden under the snow – a recipe for a fatal accident.

          • Phydeux

            Obviously the path went in the OPPOSITE direction. And there may have been room off to the right, can’t tell though from the footage.

            OR! Here’s a really big notion a lot of people don’t get…

            Just turn off your engine and WAIT! Eventually the moose will give up interest in what’s in the snow and go on its way.

            Unfortunately most people are far too impatient to do this and the wildlife pays the price.

            • InconvenientTruthsYouHate

              “may” … that’s the big problem here — everyone monday morning quarterbacking on less than 2 minutes of video, and assuming what happened before and after.

              Thanks to video perspective, we don’t know how wide the path is. But we do know there was at least one more snowmobiler behind him, which would make backing up or turning around (if even possible) that much more difficult. And then what? Where are his options for alternate routes? We don’t even know if he had one.

              “Wait, the moose will get bored” is an opinion and a guess, and not necessarily a good one. Have you ever been up close and personal with an aggressive animal of that sort, in rut/heat or protecting young? They often attack for no reason at all.

              The silence or noise of the engine is irrelevant, and experts usually recommend making noise to scare wildlife away.

              You may not like what happened (I don’t, and would wager he didn’t like it either) but not everything in life turns out like a disney princess movie… sometimes unfortunate things happen, and pragmatism isn’t always warm and fuzzy.

              • peter guarino

                sometimes people prove what assholes they are and why they particularly shouldn’t be allowed to carry a weapon due to their mental challenges.

                • InconvenientTruthsYouHate

                  sometimes people prove what assholes they are and why they particularly shouldn’t be allowed freedom of speech due to their mental challenges.

            • Haywood

              never ridden a snowmobile before have you? turning around is a lot harder than youd think. especially with no reverse (most dont have, and BOTH would have needed it) going off in the deep snow is dangerous because they actually can get stuck pretty easy as well, potentially leaving the guy in a more vulnerable position and probably his riding partner too.

          • hausding

            oh BS…….rent a machine and ride one, you dumby.

            • InconvenientTruthsYouHate

              Don’t need to, but thanks for the assumption. And if it were one of my kids or a noob running the machine(s) on the trail me, it would take 15 minutes to get turned around. That, or I’d be on and off of all of them getting it sorted out while the aggressive animal hoofed us to death.
              Also: “dumby” … such sweet irony.

              • Adam Blair

                says the guy who typed “an clinical moron”

            • Haywood

              as someone who has ridden since he was 8, i can tell you that you dont know what you are calling out.

          • peter guarino

            you are a scumbag too. At least hunters respect the life of the animal they hunt. I hope you get in that snowmobilers’ way next time , prick.

          • Jeremy McReynolds

            Last time I checked Snowmobiles could do this thing called backing up or also know as “reverse”? Cars can do it too you know…..There’s also the option getting off and walking away. As well as NOT closing the distance with the moose.

            • InconvenientTruthsYouHate

              “…last time you checked”, which is basically never, you lying troll. The subject has been discussed here already, and you could have saved yourself some embarrassment by reading before pretending to know something you do not.
              And “walking away”??? What are you, an clinical moron? Walk where in the snow? You think this is a street corner with a nice warm Starbucks you can just hang out in for a while? Or are you going to walk home and leave the snowmobile there? Maybe abandon your traveling partners who are on the vehicle behind you on the skinny, tree-lined path?
              Sorry, but it is impossible to take such a poor troll seriously.

              • Unlicensed Dremel

                That’s true with respect to a compete retard like you.

            • InconvenientTruthsYouHate

              “…last time you checked”, which is basically never, you lying troll. The subject has been discussed here already, and you could have saved yourself some embarrassment by reading before pretending to know something you do not.
              And “walking away”??? What are you, an clinical moron? Walk where in the snow? You think this is a street corner with a nice warm Starbucks you can just hang out in for a while? Or are you going to walk home and leave the snowmobile there? Maybe abandon your traveling partners who are on the vehicle behind you on the skinny, tree-lined path?
              Sorry, but it is impossible to take such a poor troll seriously.

          • Unlicensed Dremel

            Hey moron, there were an infinite number of paths the ENTIRE video that he could have used to go around… it’s snowmobile – it’s MADE to plow new trails through snow, and there was plenty of space in many directions to make a new trail. There were literally hundreds, if not thousands of different routes to steer well clear of the moose by going through the trees.

            • InconvenientTruthsYouHate

              Hey moron, try reading a few comments before running your mouth and making a fool of yourself… It’s a snowmobile, not a snow PLOW. And if you had read, you’d know why what you said is moronic… They run on clean paths. They cannot trail blaze through the trees, go in reverse (most of them) or any of other crapola you imagine.

    • CaptainAhab

      Yeah, you are correct. The guy totally misread the moose. The moose just wanted the guy to scratch his nose.

    • Alexandros Agelastos

      well, as a hunter, you are disgusting. Unless you’re hunting to survive. If you’re hunting for sport, you shouldn’t be talking at all.

      • Phydeux

        Seamus has it right. The moose didn’t have to die needlessly. The rider could have simply gone around the moose. Instead he provoked it into attacking.

        • Alexandros Agelastos

          the guy didn’t want to provoke it, he wanted to scare it off. There’s a huge difference. He even let it attack him to make sure it meant business. I bet it wasn’t easy for him, i bet he didn’t want it to die.

          • Phydeux

            You think the MOOSE knows what you intend?

            And when you “scare off” an animal what are you doing? You’re making a threat that you’re the bigger predator and it should leave. Why is that necessary?

            Why couldn’t he simply be the SMARTER creature on that path and not made any threats and just gone around? Because he was busy feeling superior to the animal in HIS way.

            • Alexandros Agelastos

              you can leave that liberal tree hugging bullshit out of this discussion. Men sometimes get fogged, too scared to think clearly. It’s not the environment of a public library, it’s a 2 ton wild animal right in front of you. From the comfort of your couch, its easy to condemn. Out in the cold, in the wild, it’s not that easy to think clearly, especially if you’re supposed to protect someone else (the guy behind could be his child, i have no idea). Animals “scare off” other animals all the time, this is how they avoid conflict if its unnecessary. MAN is an animal too. As i said, he should’ve not driven towards it, but other than that he did what he had to do.

              • Phydeux

                LMFAO! I’m not a liberal tree hugger. I’m a conservative former Boy Scout who RESPECTS nature in the wild and knows enough to leave animals in peace, even if it means a minor inconvenience in my day.

                I’ve come face to face with bears and moose before, and I didn’t stick around to annoy them. I just went elsewhere or stood at the edge of THEIR territory until they departed.

                Oh, and when animals drive one another off, its usually with a slap or a nip, maybe some claws. They don’t shoot holes in each other they can’t recover from. Maybe if the man had a branch and hit it, THEN I’d call that driving it off.

                • Alexandros Agelastos

                  possibly. But the moose was still heading towards him after the first shot. I agree about the animal’s territory, that’s why i’d never drive towards it and would’ve waited for it to depart. But i would never turn my back on it, or try to drive around it. I would just have stood still. These animals have “personal spaces” of hundreds of miles, its very possible that you’d still be in his territory even if you were miles away from it. I live in nature, i come across scorpions and snakes, hawks and eagles all day everyday. Sometimes you leave them alone and they leave you alone, but sometimes they get too curious and you can’t play games with them. Sure, it’s their home, but it’s your home too. Respect has to be mutual, and don’t think that these creatures don’t have ways of knowing one’s intent. They’re way more conscious than we give them credit for.

                  • Phydeux

                    Yes, but we’ll never know what the moose might have done if left unprovoked. In all likelihood it would have walked away. But if he’d shut off the engine and just sat there and the moose still attacked, THEN I would agree he had to put it down.

                    Unfortunately this guy wasn’t satisfied with passivity.

                    • Alexandros Agelastos

                      it probably never even crossed his mind. He falsely thought that by moving towards it, the moose would run away, as if it’s a cat or whatever…

                    • Phydeux

                      LOL Well cats run away because they’re smaller than us.

                      Lions and tigers however…. not so much.

                    • Brett Dent

                      This logic is flawed as bears are bigger than us humans and they get startled off by hikers shouting at them quite often. What do you think “bear bells” are for? What do you think “making noise while hiking” is for?

                      Hell, just youtube search videos of black bears being shouted at to scare them off. It works like a charm.

                    • Brett Dent

                      No, it is clear that you’ve made your mind up and that there is absolutely NO OTHER good answer than yours as to this situation.

                      Look, you can’t simply “go around” just because you have a snow machine. You don’t know what is under the snow, and the last thing you want is to get stuck in the open with a moose, especially an aggressive one.

                      Second, you act like “turning your engine off” makes the difference, but when you live here in Alaska like I do and hear about moose attacking people way less threatening, you’ll realize that moose can be very aggressive.

                      As for him being “silent,” a lot of places here say that isn’t the best decision. Moose have poor eyesight and can really get startled if you don’t make any noise and, thus, can get provoked. All the hikers here are TOLD to make lots of noise.

                      Also, you don’t always see them a mile away. If you are snow machining (or in my case, biking), you come up on them pretty quickly. You don’t always see them right away (I’ve driven past moose without seeing them before, especially in the woods).

                      I think you’ve decided that he had plenty of options and that he did everything wrong. And good for you, man. But, he’s alive. I’d rather it be a moose than a person any day.

                    • Alexandros Agelastos

                      AMEN brother!

                  • T.J.

                    Sorry Alexandros but you are talking out your ass! I don’t believe you for a minute when you say you live in nature because your ignorance of nature and wild animals is obvious from what you say. These animals do not have personal spaces of 100′s of miles! This snowmobiler had no sense of what he was doing. He was in very deep snow and he was on the only easy walkway for the moose to travel on and he was blocking it. He tried to scare the moose while at the same time threatening it by approaching it and when the moose bluff charged him once (a warning) instead of backing down he continued to push it so of course it charged him again! He provoked the whole situation, showing no understanding or respect for the animal, probably because he had the gun and figured he could just shoot the moose if things didn’t go his way. And then he just drove off, leaving the animal to die like a piece of trash. Totally disgusting and this guy would definitely be arrested for his behavior by any self respecting wildlife officer.

                    • Haywood

                      they stopped in the clearing. so how do you know what they did after the video ended?

                    • Alexandros Agelastos

                      Wolves living in packs walk for two basic reasons – to capture food and
                      to defend their territories. Isle Royale wolf territories average about
                      75 square miles. This is small compared to some wolf populations, where
                      territories can be as large as 500 square miles.

                      This is just one example of wild life territories. I am not accustomed to Moose, since i live in Greece. But feel free to look at where i live and see if i live out in nature all alone with no neighbours whatsoever. You have my name, go on facebook and see which far im the owner of. Then, let’s talk again.

                    • T.J.

                      Thank you for admitting you know nothing about moose. Wolves are completely different and moose do not behave anything like wolves. Wolves are pack animals and do have territories but moose really don’t. I live in Michigan, USA and have been to Isle Royale on backpacking trips on several occasions. I have always seen moose there but never seen a wolf. Wolves are very elusive and try to avoid people. I have accidently come within 100 feet of a moose standing on a trail and simply backed away and waited for it to move on. I didn’t make any noise and try to scare it off or startle it in some way. I simply avoided any confrontation and it eventually just walked away to wherever it wanted to go. That is what this guy should have done. It’s probably not a good idea to make assumptions about one type of animal based on the behavior of another type but I will say if any wild animal has the potential to seriously harm a human the best thing to do is to avoid any confrontation at all. Just avoid it if at all possible.

                • greywolf

                  right on phydeux….these cave people will never understand your logic…what dicks..

              • Benjamin Terry

                Did he even go back and get the meat? I am disgusted as well…if you kill it you eat it….PERIOD…thats the lesson I was taught!!

                • Haywood

                  how do you know what happened after the video ended?

                  • Benjamin Terry

                    I ask a question smartass! Do you know what happened after the video ended? Is that the only comment you can make?

                    • Haywood

                      no, ive been up and down this thread dispatching moronic thoughts, like ” why didnt he go back and get it”

              • Nanuck

                it was not a two ton animal you frickin clown…it was a young cow…prob with a baby…you idiot…believe me 38 years in canada…ive seen it all….no need for this BS…he was an asshole!!! plain and simple…,he
                should be brought up on charges

              • greywolf

                stay in your city dick…u don’t belong in the wild…

                • Alexandros Agelastos

                  lol, suck me. Wannabe.

              • SHOTGUN285

                very true. and who knows how many hours they were from medical attention if something when wrong. people act like this happened on main street where you are moments from trauma care. even a minor injury can be fatal when you are out in the wild.

                • Alexandros Agelastos

                  i totally agree.

              • Robo

                I’d have likely tried to give it some more time to go on it’s way but there are more people killed by moose every year than bears. Being that it had already attacked and hoofed his snowmobile I think the case can be made that he acted appropriately. It’s easy to criticize because no one likes to see a creature like this killed for no reason but animals are becoming more accustomed to and less fearful of human interaction. Perhaps one of the less aggressive and more fearful of human moose will now have a chance to breed more such.

                • Alexandros Agelastos

                  im not the one arguing with you, you should tell that to those who call me a clown because i give a damn about human life.

            • Philip Robert

              I agree, caption should have read”Suicidal Moose, achieves successful assisted suicide from a stupid gun wielding human”.

            • Haywood

              looked like thick jackpine to me. no way around. at all.

      • riosam

        Hunting with a tag is totally legal….unlike what this asshole did, which was totally illegal. He totally caused the whole situation…then shot and presumably killed this animal..which you need to realize is already in extreme stress trying to survive a very harsh winter. The moose was on the trail simply because it was easier to traverse the area than going through the deep snow…which takes much more precious energy..energy needed to survive very very cold nights….

        • Alexandros Agelastos

          i couldn’t care less about what’s legal. All i care about is what is lawful. Are you people even able to read English? I’ve stated 100 times that the guy should NOT have advanced towards the animal as i would have not. But other than that, what was he supposed to do? Reroute like some idiots state and find himself inside a gorge or crash on a fallen tree or rock? This is ridiculous.

      • peter guarino

        There is nothing wrong with hunting for sport. You are simply giving a subjective opinion. That being said, the snow mobiler was an asshole.

        • Alexandros Agelastos

          yes, everything here is subjective opinion. Everything in life (almost) is subjective opinion. There are no actual facts.

    • KingAdrock

      Absolutely agreed. He could have easily waited to see if the moose would leave, or even fire a round or two to try and scare it off. But unless it tried to charge again shooting it was completely unjustified. Then to make things worse he didn’t even end its life, he cruelly left it to suffer.

      This was not “self-defense”, it was cowardice.

      • Guest

        First off, you don’t know if the animal is going to get back up. This is a MOOSE. Hell, I’m surprised that a 9mm brought it down. I bet he wasn’t wanting to stick around to let it come at him again. His thought was probably to get the hell outta dodge.

        Second, you’re assuming it was still alive in agony for a prolonged amount of time. You simply do not know this. The video is inconclusive where that is concerned.

        The moose charged him. It is on film. This was the DEFINITION of self-defense. I’m sure you would have done a lot better, right? You would have “went around,” or “backed up a snow machine,” or “stayed silent” because that is the standard practice in dealing with an animal on a trail (that is what you were TAUGHT, right?).

        My point is, just how much experience do you have with moose? Or with being charged by one? I can’t say I’ve been charged with one, but I encounter them on a weekly basis.

        Coward? A coward wouldn’t have pulled his pistol.

        • hausding

          he just happened to have the camera and the gun too….my ass, too phony and this guy should be investigated for killing wildlife….

          • Haywood

            go pros are everywhere

          • John W Tobin

            A lot of people carry cameras nowadays. And a lot of people who travel among wild life carry guns. Nothing unusual there.

        • derpleton

          Because only brave men are capable of shooting things.

        • Nanuck

          only a coward would post nonsense like this BS

          • Diane Kimmel

            Or just an idiot that doesn’t get past his own ego.

        • greywolf

          your a bigger dick …then the guy on the trail…

          • Lebowski12

            I am pretty sure that would be you Obagger!

        • pman5k

          Wasn’t a 9mm that brought him down it was several rounds… get hit enough times with even a .22 LR and you would die a slow painful death. The moose probably went slowly and painfully… this guy should be hit up with charges over this. Had he shot when it was right there in his face one thing. To shoot as the deer was facong the other way… ass.

          This video only serves the agendas of PETA and anti-gun groups….

          And ass hats like this with a camera only do us a disservice…

          • leslie green

            He could have stood his ground at a distance and waited for the moose to move on…duh!

          • Mick

            Oh, let’s lament that his lack of judgement that illustrates why he shouldn’t be carrying a firearm was actually recorded. Better to hide from legitimate criticisms than actually address them, eh?

        • wegov4us

          And your point is? Always use force to kill when you feel scared, even if its you who are the aggressor?? Your comment offends as to how low of an IQ they allow to comment here..

          1. The guy drove towards the moose making all sorts of stupid loud noises, what do you expect the moose will do?? The moose was the one defending himself not the guy.

          2. If the animal charge you know you antagonized it and should leave as soon as possible without making it worse. this case he kept driving towards him like an idiot.

          3. If he had to use firearms as he clearly got scared from the moose when it charged at him, yet walked away after, he could have simply shot off a few warning rounds and the moose would have run off.. if not, turn your snowmobile around and floor it and leave the way you came..

          But I guess this behaviour shown in the video kind of sums of the whole moral standard of the american society and foreign policy.. “USA to all countries they invaded: you’re in our way, you try to defend yourself because we enter your space? That means we can justify to bomb your villages and kill your civilians, anyone we please really..”

          • MrWangsKungfooey

            Well said. I’m sure he’s a stand your ground supporter too. Lmaoo, that guy is a dick.

            • Brad Kirby

              What is wrong with “Stand your ground”? Stand your ground has little to do with this situation. The guy made a poor decision. He should have drawn sooner and fired a warning shot when the animal first started to approach him. I should point out that in most states, firing a warning shot (at a person) is a Felony. But, he made a poor decision and waited too long to draw. Now he is scared and has a rush of adrenaline to deal with. For those saying he should have fired a warning shot must have missed the part where the animal started to approach him (just before he fired) and his first shot missed. The animal didn’t slow down, it didn’t jump, it didn’t start to turn away. I don’t see that the shot scared it at all, I don’t feel a warning shot would have worked. I’m not saying this was a clean shoot, I’m saying it was a ‘grey area’ shoot and the guy is a dick.

              Just how long should he wait for an animal to get off the trail? How long would you wait on the interstate for an animal to get out of the road before trying to remove them or drive around? Perhaps your life is so boring and uneventful that you can just sit around all day, but that doesn’t work for everyone.

              Stand your ground stands in contrast to the Liberal view of ‘run like a coward’. Why should I leave my home or hide my family when someone comes into my home? I don’t know why this person is there or how far they will go to cover their crime. I’m sure as hell not going to wait to find out or ask them what they intend to do. Certainly if there is enough distance between us and I have the drop, I’ll give them the chance to leave (if they have a clear exit) or surrender. If they decide to charge, I’m not going to try to run to a window or make it to an exit in the dark. I’m sure as hell not going to leave my family in the house. Then there is the loss of property. Now I have to replace what I’ve lost, pay more insurance, and live in fear that this person will come back while I’m sleeping, or worse, while I’m not home with my family. If they come back enough times and I just let them take what they want, eventually the insurance company will drop me and I’ll have to pay out of pocket to replace my goods. Yeah it is ‘just stuff’ but if you could live without ‘stuff’ you would be living in the woods, hippie. Well, unless someone found you and took your tent. Of course you would just let them since you are a hippie.

              • yura1968

                The guy is inside the woods, the home of the wildlife. The guy could have waited or simply turned around. If he chose the first, then what about if he had to wait for 10 hours??? Your argument is, it doesn’t matter that the guy is inside the only place we humans allow wildlife to live, but if something crosses him, either that thing disappears instantly (because going back to the hotel to drink a bear or to have dinner on time is much more important than the life of a moose) or we can simply shoot the damn thing if it dares to defend itself in what an animal with a tiny brain would instinctively assumes, justifiably too, is attacking it. Talking about “stand your ground” laws that were written for rational beings as a matter a contract, has nothing to do with wildlife.

              • Diane Kimmel

                You sir, need to watch video again because the person kept advancing on the moose and making noises to entice this animal. when in wild animal turf, you give to the animal. Not the opposite! Someone already made the point, this guy was in to much of a rush to just give the moose time to wonder off trail. He should be reported and have his gun taken permently away forever! And I’m PRO 2A!!

                • Brad Kirby

                  Entice the animal? Entice it to do what, attack him? How do you know where he was going or what he was going to do. For all we know, he was on his way to help someone that was stranded or wounded. We simply don’t know so we can’t speculate on that point.

                  How can someone be ‘pro-2A’ and then say a person should permanently lose their ability to defend themselves and their family from an attacker over shooting a wild animal. Perhaps you should review what ‘pro-2A’ means.

              • MrWangsKungfooey

                “Just how long should he wait for an animal to get off the trail? How
                long would you wait on the interstate for an animal to get out of the
                road before trying to remove them or drive around? Perhaps your life is
                so boring and uneventful that you can just sit around all day, but that
                doesn’t work for everyone.”

                So , you advocate killing an animal for convenience? Because it wouldn’t move fast enough for you. YOU are a dick. I’m sorry you’ve had children. Maybe when I see your kids cross the street, and they don’t move fast enough, I’ll kill them. Sound fair? Asshole.

                • Brad Kirby

                  Did you serisously threaten the life of my child because of my opinion about killing an animal?

                  • MrWangsKungfooey

                    I made an equal analogy. Obviously animal life mean nothing to you and your child’s life means nothing to me. Better teach it not to take to long crossing the street.

                    • Brad Kirby

                      Equal? You really think the life of a human is equal to the life of an animal? How do you find the time to comment on the internet when you are locked to a tree or throwing rocks at whaling ships? Go ahead and point out where I said animal life meant nothing to me. I even condemned the actions this guy took but in the end, the animal attacked and it would be ludicrous for him to just let the animal kill him. People like you sit and watch two minutes of video and think you know exactly what should have been done or what you would do, even though you weren’t there and have never been in a situation like this. Then, when someone has the gall to disagree with you, you attack the person, wish death upon them, and bring their family into it, which is unrelated to the event. You should seek help before you do something stupid like bomb an abortion clinic or kill a woman wearing a fur coat.

                    • MrWangsKungfooey

                      Please, he drove forward and engaged the animal vs retreating. And the moose didn’t ” attack” , an attack would indicate malice. The moose was threatened and defended itself. I quoted you correctly the first time moron. Better teach your retarded kid to walk fast lest someone gets impatient and makes it street grease

                    • Brad Kirby

                      I would ask if you have even driven a snow-mobile (many of them don’t have reverse) but I imagine you don’t leave your computer long enough to do anything outside. He tried to scare the animal off-trail. Turning around on a narrow trail like that isn’t an option. Going off-trail isn’t an option. If he simply wanted to kill the animal to get on with it, he could have shot it to begin with an not bothered to try scaring it off-trail. I think he could have tried waiting a bit longer. The moose did attack, it closed distance on its’ own. It is so sad when trolls compare the life of a child to the life of an animal as equal.

                      You didn’t quote me right at all. I didn’t say the animals’ life was meaningless. I didn’t say we should shoot animals just because they are in the way. Perhaps you could try reading my comment more slowly and stop skimming and adding in your own bias. You should also watch the video again and take notice where the moose approaches the man. Also take notice that he didn’t draw until after the animal hit him. Then, maybe you’ll notice he fired a warning shot (or maybe he just missed the first shot) and that didn’t scare the animal at all. If you are so concerned about the life of the animals, stop playing computer games while fingering your microscopic pecker because the rear-end of Lara Croft gets you hot (like the prospect of a pancake buffet) and go to Alaska to spend your time working on conservation efforts.

                      How is it my son is now retarded? He isn’t, but you act like retarded is something so negative that you throw it around as an insult. You really are a disgraceful excuse for a human.

                      Maybe you could fill us all in on what you would have done if you met an animal like this on a trail like that. Keep in mind this is the only trail you can see and turning around isn’t possible.

                    • MrWangsKungfooey

                      Wow, I said to retreat, not turn the snow mobile around. He could have gotten off the damn thing and started walking backwards. There’s a million things he could of done, but like you he’s a dick and just wants to get his kill boner on. ‘ Murika ” pew pew pew .” Repugs are stupid.

                    • Brad Kirby

                      Yeah, I’m sure he could have out ran that animal. People run faster in snow, right? If he had been on the ground when that moose hit him, then he would have been under it. Smart move! If he just wanted to get his kill boner on, he would have shot the thing at the start, or shot it when it approached. Who is a Repug? Should I start calling you a Libtard?

                      A million things? Name two, that aren’t stupid. Your current suggestion is stupid since the machine is the only thing that kept the moose from knocking him down. I think you don’t have a good answer. I think you are a green troll that is so shallow and boring that the only way your ego gets inflated is to go around the internet making judgments and dumb comments that make you feel superior to everyone else.

                      Cowards don’t use their real names.

                      If this guy is a dick, what would you call someone that threatens the life of a child or insults a child because they don’t agree with the parent?

        • peter guarino

          you are an asshole too. stupid moron.

        • cerpas

          you are just as stupid as the individual in this video. Yes I’ve encountered them in Fairbanks just like this, yes I pulled off the trail and waited yes the moose moved off with out incident, yes many of my friends and family have experienced this very thing several times over, all you have to do is give way. If you come to Alaska take the time to learn how to avoid these encounters. The moose didnt have to be shot. Get off the trail.

          • yura1968

            I agree 100% with what you said. Even if the case would be that the driver somehow couldn’t get off the trail, the video shows at the beginning that the moose was pretty far away. He could have simply stop there a wait, and wait, and wait as long as necessary. The problem for that guys was the fact that he was in a rush when the solution to that problem could have been simply to wait. Patience apparently is a virtue… since so many are always in a rush.

        • KingAdrock

          “First off, you don’t know if the animal is going to get back up. ”

          Except that the animal is visibly still alive and struggling to get up in the video. That’s on film too. The animal was wounded but still alive and the man just drives off. Even by hunting ethics this is horribly wrong. You shoot an animal to kill and to kill quickly, not to wound and leave to suffer. How can you justify the fact this man drove right PAST the still moving moose and didn’t simply shoot it again to ethically and mercifully end its life?

          Had he pulled his pistol and shot the moose while it was charging, I’d have no complaint. Moose can be extremely dangerous animals, using a gun to *defend* yourself from attack is perfectly reasonable. But the animal charged him, then BACKED AWAY. He then pulls his pistol and essentially shoots it in the back. That’s not self-defense. That is outright cowardice.

          What would have been reasonable at that point would be (as I already said) to draw his weapon and see if it charges again, or fire a round or two to try and scare it away. If it tries to charge again but all means shoot, and shoot to kill. But you don’t shoot an animal after it retreats and shows no further signs of aggression.

      • Angered American

        Fired with the moose back to him — what an asswipe. That was not self defense. He had his chance to turn and wait earlier. He chose to be the aggressor in this scenario . Not the moose

        • SHOTGUN285

          blah blah blah. whatever. you weren’t there. the moose had already changed direction twice, it was an unpredictable wild animal. I don’t like killing when it’s not necessary, but it’s easy for you crybabies to monday morning quarterback it when you weren’t there. you dont’ know the guy, his previous experiences, etc. Clearly he was trying to scare the moose off, he had trees on both sides of a deep cut trail, not a lot of options. you lot shouldn’t be so quick to judge.

          • Jeremy McReynolds

            I will because I know what I am talking about. Playing the you weren’t there/wild and unpredictable animal card will not work here. It wasn’t unpredictable in fact everything that happen WAS very predictable. Secondly knowing the guy, and his previous experiences have little to no relevance. I’m sure he wasn’t/isn’t a bad guy, but he clearly DOES NOT know how to handle wildlife encounters and escalated the situation weather he mean to or not. And I’m sure he didn’t mean to, but the fact is he did.

          • Mick

            Don’t have to be there to know right from wrong, or to make a judgement call about his lack of good judgement. That’s the beauty of being able to discern right and wrong…and the beauty of …video

          • Diane Kimmel

            If you were a hunter and a mature person, you would know that you don’t goat a wild animal as this man did! Like others stated, he could’ve waited for the animal to cross. I don’t see any self defense shown here, just tasteless video showing how to make an animal suffer and waste meat. If he was such the hunter, why, pray tell did he not tie the dead carcass up behind on sled and take the meat home?? Probably because it was illegal to kill this animal since he instigated the situation on video that would not backup his story. Sad!!

            • M2bandit

              The first shot was above the animal. The impacting shots were while it was charging.

          • Renee Finster

            Clearly he is a candidate for an upcoming Darwin Award, and not a man’s man either, or he would have known you don’t encroach upon a Moose, he was wrong, he had options, (and I am sure he wasn’t on a time crunch), no skills in hunting or he would have made sure the animal was indeed dead when leaving the site. A true huntsman never leaves his animal to bleed out when in clear sight! If you want to play in the woods you have to remember they aren’t your woods they are the animals and respect should be given and it wasn’t. He should not have been so quick to TRY and move a MOOSE off a path that was POOR judgement and anyone with outdoors common sense would say the same.

          • evm

            And your IQ is….?

      • John W Tobin

        I too believe that a warning shot or two was in order. This is sad.

      • Joe Meriwether

        STFU! Wait to be Killed?

      • yura1968

        I agree that at the beginning of the video, he could have waited until the moose was gone or simply go another path. He didn’t have to get that close to the moose. There was no need to escalate that situation by trying to confront a huge animal capable a killing a human being and having the brain capacity of probably a turkey. I am pretty sure that if that driver wouldn’t have had a gun with him, he would have to actually stop and think how to resolve that problem in a way that did not involved going into a life-and-death situation. I am a hunter and the last thing I would do is to get in a situation that my life is in jeopardy due to my own actions. Sometimes you cannot avoid situations like that in the wild (when you are surprised by the wild animal), but this is not one of them. I disagree that he is a coward; I think he was negligent and definitely very stupid judging by his actions that led to the confrontation. Once in that situation, I think he had no choice but to defend himself; I don’t know if he is a hunter, but after all the shots he fired and judging by the fact that the moose fell almost right away, I think the moose would have died in a few minutes. From the place he was, he could have reached the vitals of the animal easily which I think he did. Yes, he could have gone back and “finish” the animal assuming again, that he is a hunter or at least he knows where he should aim at to prevent hitting bones (like the skull or shoulder blades) and actually hitting a vital organ like the heart or lungs.

        No wild animal has the ability to think logically, think about cause-and-effect or consequences. This may sound self-evident but apparently a lot of people in this blog forget that we, as the “thinking” beings, should be responsible for protecting our wildlife. Wild animals can’t do it. If you combine our ability to kill things so easily with the lack of rational problem solving that some people have, wild animals will always lose.

        • Jeremy McReynolds

          *applaud*

    • Michelle Luevano

      I too cannot believe the whole “right to bear arms” defense for this story.

    • riosam

      Totally agree!

    • Zachary A. Leifson

      I couldn’t have said it better myself. The rider was the aggressor, not the moose. He should have sat back, and waited, for hours if necessary, for the moose to get out of his way. The idiot should be prosecuted

    • Tommy

      Absolutely agree.

  • Chris Buffalo

    I get it but he needs to put the animal down, don’t let it suffer.. Maybe he did after the fear subsided..

    • Ky Harrison

      My comment exactly. Should have put one in-between the eyes to ensure it didn’t suffer.

      • Steven Gibbs

        He had family with him, the first thing an adult does is take care of his family. The video cuts off immediately after, he very well could have went back and put it out of its misery if it was still alive. He didn’t know if there were more meese around. You don’t get off your snowmobile on the path blocking everyone behind you when you don’t know if it’s safe.

      • Scott Romuld

        U will never penetrate a moose skull with a glock between the eyes. Might stun em.

        • pman5k

          You will fracture a small young or adolescent moose skull causing cranial pressure increases causing a slow painful agonizing demise into coma and it would have attracted wolves to the area to eat the still alive slowly dying comatose moose.

    • the guy behind the scope

      Looks like he’s coming to a stop at the end of the video. Better to get clear of the choke point and then cautiously work your way back to finish it. Make sure you and yours are safe first, I say. Then worry about the suffering of the animal.