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Moose charges at snowmobilers in Maine

Moose Charges At Snowmobilers In Maine

A moose gave snowmobilers quite the scare in Jackman, Maine. The moose eventually ran off, but it left a permanent impression on the couple.


According to the Bangor Daily News, Janis and Bob Powell, who are from New Hampshire, were doing what they love most when a moose joined them on the trail. The Powells say that happens often -- but this interaction was clearly not like the others.

ABC says, "The only thing I could think of was what I had to put between myself and the moose, and unfortunately that was just the snowmobile."

"Janis fires a warning shot. I knew what size gun I had, and I knew that I might make it even more angry." Fortunately, the moose eventually retreated, and Bob Powell escaped with only a few scrapes.

The Powells then alerted the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife about the incident.

Although that moose seemed angry, the Jackman Maine Chamber of Commerce says moose are not normally aggressive. But the 1,000-pound animals have been known to become increasingly aggressive when hungry, tired or harassed by people, dogs and traffic.

The Powells say they think the moose was sick, but regardless, they'll keep a greater distance next time they encounter a moose.

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Walt April 22 2014 at 1:25 PM

ALWAYS PULL FOR THE ANIMAL.

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krankyvet April 22 2014 at 4:17 PM

"Jackman Maine Chamber of Commerce says moose are not normally aggressive" The CoC is lying, trying to protect the tourist biz. Moose are big, mean, territorial critters that will kick your butt, trash your truck and make a mess where ever they want. Bears leave them alone and so should people.

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Bandi April 22 2014 at 10:47 AM

I think he had a message from some Flounder----------------No wait-----------------That was Bullwinkle !

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yanko1234 April 22 2014 at 10:22 AM

False report. If the mosse want to get them they would of been stomped into the snow

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cod40 April 22 2014 at 10:07 AM

well they chased it down the trail and she turned to defend herself. Dumbasses should have given her space in the first place.

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jaded13640 cod40 April 22 2014 at 10:25 AM

Never ridden a snowmobile have you? They were riding on the trail. Animals pop on and off the groomed snomobile trails all the time. 99.9% of the time the minute they say you or realize you're there I should say they dart off into the woods. That's pretty much true of all animals but sometime they get curious or aggitated or whatever. They are wild animals. They're not always predictable. They wer'ent chasing it down the trail. They were riding down the trail when they came up to a moose. No different than you driving down the road and and an animals steps out on it. That road is for your car and you no doubt attempt to drive past the animal because you're trying to get to where you're going. That's all these people were doing. The groomed snowmobile trails are groomed by associations that snowmobilers pay to groom them. No different than you paying tax for the right to use a road. The correct way to handle that is how they did it, assume it'll wander off and pass by it's area. He was looking for food or something but it's his land and they were just passing through. Same is true on the roads. You stop and let them pass. If they'll let yo pass you pass, if not you wait. If they charge you you back away. Most snowmobiles don't have reverse and if they do it's at a very slow speed. They weigh 500 pounds or so. Dragging the back around to turn it around on a narrow trail is quite a chore and not something you can quickly do. Educate yourself about stuff before you make moronic comments like that. They didn't chase the moose. It just popped out on the trail. Which happens all the time. I've nearly been killed by deer stepping out on a trail. It's like hitting a tree. You're insides turn to pulp.

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radarmannoshoes April 22 2014 at 9:52 AM

Lesson learned. If you get off your snowmobile, the moose will be faster than you.

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lrn2wrk4it April 22 2014 at 4:57 PM

Thank god they weren't on bicycles the moose would have to be put down.

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Vern April 22 2014 at 2:10 PM

Moose did look very sick. I get like that. Leave me alone.

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baggersrnutz April 22 2014 at 8:22 PM

My bet is when this is investgated by the Maine Dept of Wildlife ( you know they have seen the full video by now) that these two will be ticketed and fined and quite possibly the smnowmobiles impounded !

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Chickiepoo baggersrnutz April 22 2014 at 9:58 PM

YEP.....someone posted a "link" to this video on the "Facebook" page of
"North Woods Law"......i.e...."Maine Warden Service"......

And it IS currently under investigation.

AGREED......hope they are ticketed for "harassing wildlife"......

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Debbie baggersrnutz April 22 2014 at 10:07 PM

I'm hoping for the same thing. They shouldn't be on the trails if they don't have respect for all wildlife

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solarious April 22 2014 at 9:40 AM

Maybe it was Woddy Allen

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