It Has Been Waaaay Too Long Since Our Last
Report on Noteworthy Moose Activity.
So Let's Get Started to Catch Up:
Brain Worm Blamed for Manic Moose
A CRAZY MOOSE INVADED A WESTFORD, Vermont, man's home this past Sunday and drove him back inside his house. WCAX-TV reported:
It was not what Brent Olsen expected to see when he woke up at his home in Westford Sunday morning — a bull moose with a hoof on his car. "I had run out in my shorts from the morning and I started hollering at it. 'Do not jump on my car Mr. Moose.,'" Olsen recalled.
After chasing it away from his vehicle, Olsen was intrigued by the up-close encounter with the moose. He grabbed his camcorder as it walked around his yard. "A moose with ivy in its horns. I thought it was kind of cute," he said.
But the moose's behavior quickly became anything but cute. "It scared the crap out of me," Olsen said.
Mr. Moose charges Mr. Olsen
Things went south in a hurry after that with the moose continually charging the door to the house and doing crazy pirouettes around the yard. When the game warden arrived, he watched it for a while and then decided that the moose was probably suffering from a brain worm and shot it dead.
WCAX-TV filed this video report that includes Mr. Olsen's home video and an interview with the game warden:
Note: If the video player doesn't load, click on this link: Read the full story on WCAX webpage HERE.
Motorcyclist Strikes Moose – Both Dead
A CONNECTICUT MAN TRAVELING ALONE on a cross-country motorcycle trip struck a moose in July near Fairbanks, Alaska. The unwitnessed accident occurred sometime during the night and he was discovered early in the morning by an off-duty Army medic from Fort Greely.
According to Alaska State Troopers, Philip J. Dubourg, 57, was driving a red 2001 Kawasaki motorcycle north on the Richardson Highway when a moose ran in front of him. An off-duty medic from Fort Greely came upon the scene and unsuccessfully attempted to resuscitate him. Troopers arrived at 4:38 a.m. and Dubourg was pronounced dead at the scene.
Dubourg was on a weeks-long motorcycle trip across the country and appeared to be riding alone, according to trooper spokesperson Megan Peters. He had a helmet with him but was not wearing it at the time of the accident.
Troopers believe Dubourg was traveling at least 65 miles per hour when he hit the moose. Neither alcohol or drugs are considered to be a factor in the accident.
The moose died from the collision also.
Too Big For the Playground, Moose Gets Tangled In The Swing
A MOOSE WANDERED INTO A WEBER COUNTY, UTAH, BACK YARD one day last month and got his antlers hopelessly entangled in a child's swing set. Sheriff's Sgt. Lane Findlay got the call to investigate the complaint and found the beast already in distress from struggling unsuccessfully to get freed from the chains used to support the swings.
"He was obviously fatigued and very tired. He had some injuries to his antlers, he was breathing heavily, froth at the mouth… he was pretty exhausted," said Sgt. Lane Findlay of the Weber County Sheriff’s Department. "My thought was if we don’t get this moose out of here as quickly as we can, he’s not going to make it."
Findlay contacted wildlife officials, but once they said it was be at least an hour before they could arrive, the cop took matters into his own hands.
The officer approached the moose cautiously to see if it would allow him to get close. The moose showed no signs of aggression. He then clipped the metal chains one-by-one with bolt cutters until the moose could pull free. Every time he cut a chain, the moose seemed to feel some tension release. At one point, the sergeant was patting the moose on the head.
The video was taken with Sgt. Findlay's cellphone camera:
After the moose was freed it ran to a nearby bucket of water and drank heavily before collapsing. Sgt. Findlay kept a hose playing on it to keep cool and hydrated until an hour later when the creature got back up. By then the game wardens were there and inspected it for injuries and decided that they didn't need any human treatment so it was allowed to wander off. Apparently the stress was too much for the animal because it was found dead three days later.
Driver Swerves To Miss Moose – Hits Bear Instead
A BAD-LUCK DRIVER IN NORWAY SWERVED his car to avoid hitting a moose last month and struck a bear instead. Reuters posted the story that tells:
The driver spotted the moose on a country road near Hanestad, 225 kilometres north of Oslo, around midnight and tried to go around the animal, not realizing that a bear was also nearby.
"The driver had lost a bit of speed as he tried to avoid the moose before hitting the bear," said Svein Erik Bjorke of the local wildlife authority, who was out in the forest searching for the wounded animal. "We are currently tracking the bear and we have found traces of blood indicating internal injuries," he said.
The driver escaped uninjured while his car suffered some damage.
Police Cruiser Strikes Moose While Looking For Moose
A BRUNSWICK, MAINE, POLICE LIEUTENANT was transported to the hospital with minor injuries late last month after colliding with a moose. WMTW-TV reported the story:
According to Lt. Thomas Garrepy, at 3:26 a.m. Saturday, members of the Brunswick Police, Fire and Rescue, and Maine State Police responded to a report of a car crash on Interstate 295 in the area of Mile Marker 24.
Garrepy said the crash involved a Brunswick Police cruiser, which had struck a moose. Lt. Lynne Doucette was checking for a reported moose wandering on the highway in the area of Mile Marker 28 on southbound I-295.
Garrepy said as Doucette neared Mile Marker 24, she was preparing to pull over to check on a car in the breakdown lane when her cruiser struck a moose.
Frisky Moose Pays a Visit to Hooters and Harley's
A YOUNG BULL MOOSE WANDERED INTO LOVELAND, Colorado, in June and decided that he liked hanging around the Hooters saloon located next door to the Harley-Davidson dealer. Denver tv Channel 7 posted:
"Kinda looked like he was in culture shock," said David Trom of Windsor. "I’ve seen moose before, photographed them in Wyoming, but around here, you don’t see them."
Everybody gets the munchies when they go to Hooters
The moose then wandered (from the Hooters parking lot) into the Thunder Mountain Harley Davidson Amphitheatre. "There are some trees, it's little bit shaded, he got inside there and started wandering around," said Katie Stults with Thunder Mountain marketing.
Workers and neighbors started snapping pictures. "People could see him, but they couldn’t get close enough to harm him," Stults said.
Police and wildlife officers responded and shot the moose with a tranquilizer gun, then transported it back to the wild.
Wham! Driver Walks Away …. Moose Doesn't
A NEWFOUNDLAND MAN BELIEVES HE IS LUCKY to be alive following a collision with a moose while driving home that left his car completely destroyed. CBC News reported:
"A lot of people can't believe that I survived it because the moose went over my head," said Tyler Cassell. "I saw a moose running across the road and when I got to it, I expected him to run back cross, but when I was about ten feet away from him, he ran in front of me and I smacked into him," he said.
Cassell said he believes he lost consciousness for a few minutes after the impact. He said he remembers climbing out of his vehicle with the dead animal lying next to him.
Cassell was taken to hospital for observation but, surprisingly, he escaped largely uninjured.
"[I'm] still sore and my neck and shoulders [are sore] and that's about it – and one scratch on my hand," Cassell said. "I never ended up with a bruise or nothing."
It's Never Too Late to Bag One
WITH HUNTING SEASON RAPIDLY APPROACHING, Firegeezer wants to show you that it's never too late to hope for the big one by relating this story from last October. Joyce Herlitzke, who was 82 last year, had just taken up hunting four years before so that she could accompany her family on hunting trips. the LaCrosse, Wisconsin, grandmother was in the Yukon Territory with her son Keith and a few other hunters when she sighted a most unusual bull moose.
Taking aim from 250 yards away, she brought the beast down and when the party went to see what she dropped, they found a 1,700 lb. bull with a 63-inch antler spread. The creature is estimated to be 8 years old.
WKBT-TV has the story and more photos HERE.
Review previous editions of the Moose Chronicles HERE.
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