Two tourists had an alarming encounter with a moose in Montana – but people felt they got the ‘instant karma’ they deserved for taunting a massive wild animal.
The popular Tourons of Yellowstone Instagram account shared the video of the scary incident with its 400,000+ followers. In the clip, two people repeatedly approach within feet of a moose while recording it with their phones, ignoring repeated warnings from bystanders.
“Let it be wild,” one bystander pleads. But the tourists continue their dangerous antics until the agitated moose charges at them. “That’s how they learn,” one commenter wrote after viewing the hair-raising footage.
Moose injure more people annually in North America than any other wild animal. Standing up to 6 feet tall and weighing up to 1,400 pounds, they can run 35 mph and will aggressively defend themselves if feeling threatened.
Experts advise keeping pets leashed, yielding to moose on roads and trails, and never approaching or feeding them. Cow moose with calves require extra caution.
While the video cuts off before showing the immediate aftermath, so it is unclear if the tourists were injured. But commenters felt they got the instant karma they deserved for taunting a massive wild animal. “Moose 1, idiots 0!!!” one person wrote. Another added, “Team moose!”
Another person added “Again, I always root for the animal. This is no exception. Raise your hand for team moose” The two people who approached the moose were not identified.
Safety tips to prevent conflicts with a moose
If you encounter a moose, here are some tips to help you stay safe, according to WIldlife Utah :
- Always give the moose a lot of space and watch its behavior.
- Never try to approach or feed a moose.
- Keep dogs leashed and under control at all times.
- Stay calm and do not run away. Talk, make your presence known and slowly back away in the direction you came.
- If a moose charges you or chases you, hide behind something solid (like a tree) or try to get inside a vehicle or building.
- If a moose knocks you down, curl into a ball, protect your head and lie still until the moose retreat
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This article by Lucy Williamson was first published by The Mirror on 10 September 2023. Lead Image: Copyright: MEGiordano_Photography.