Moose Trash Woman’s Yard During a Midnight Brawl

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Written by Sharon Parry

Published: November 23, 2023

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Two Male Moose Fighting
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Moose are giant and powerful animals; they are the last thing you want brawling in your yard! This extraordinary clip shows the distressing sight of two male moose fighting. While this is perfectly normal behavior, it’s not so great when it takes place in your backyard. The two animals are oblivious that they are destroying this lady’s property. It would be far too dangerous to get between them or try to move them out of the yard. All she can do is stand and watch, although she is trying to call someone for help. Meanwhile, the family dog is going crazy!  

Where Do Moose Normally Live?

Moose are prominent members of the deer family and are found throughout northern North America. A bull moose can weigh over 1,500 pounds. You will find them throughout Alaska, Canada, and the northeastern United States. They can be spotted as far south as the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Their natural habitats are forests near streams or ponds. However, they are also found in some suburban and even urban areas.

Are Moose Normally Dangerous?

Alaskan Yukon Moose

Moose can be aggressive during the rutting season.

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Most people regard moose as less dangerous than bears. However, more people in Alaska are injured by moose than bears yearly. They are large and powerful animals who are usually peaceful. However, they can become aggressive if they feel threatened. They can also be quite grumpy when they are hungry and tired! If they feel stressed by humans, dogs, or traffic, they can also act aggressively. It’s always a good idea to keep your distance from moose, especially if you have a dog with you.

When Are Moose Most Aggressive?

Moose can be aggressive during the winter if they are tired and hungry, having walked through deep snow without getting anything to eat. However, most moose aggression is recorded in late September and October. This is the mating season, which is also called the rutting season. During this time, bull moose are aggressive towards each other and can direct this aggression towards humans. As you see in this clip, they lock antlers to assert dominance over another male.

Female moose are very protective of their calves. They give birth in late spring and summer and have been known to attack humans if they get too close to their families. Never get in between a mother moose and a calf!


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Dr Sharon Parry is a writer at A-Z animals where her primary focus is on dogs, animal behavior, and research. Sharon holds a PhD from Leeds University, UK which she earned in 1998 and has been working as a science writer for the last 15 years. A resident of Wales, UK, Sharon loves taking care of her spaniel named Dexter and hiking around coastlines and mountains.

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