Despite common belief, moose are just, if not more, dangerous than bears. You will likely encounter them during your time here in Alaska, here are some tips for staying safe.
- Keep dogs leashed. An otherwise calm moose can get easily agitated with a dog.
- Keep your distance.
- Drive slowly in neighborhoods: Especially around dawn or dusk; collisions with moose are very common.
- Call the police if you hit one: Reporting collisions with moose is the law!
- Step between a mother and her children; if you see a calf but no mom, be alert.
- Attempt to pet, even if it appears docile.
- Attempt to feed.
SIGNS OF AGGRESSION
- Raised hair on humps, ears folded back, licking lips, slowly walking towards you.
IF BEING CHARGED
- Run: Unlike bears, running from moose is recommended; they will often give up the chase early and easily.
- Hide behind an obstruction such as a tree, fence, or rock. They have a hard time circling around.
- A moose can kick from any angle, so standing behind them does not provide shelter.
- If you’re knocked down: Get in a ball and protect your head. If the moose keeps running past you, attempt to get up and hide behind an obstruction.