Watch This Bear Think Twice About Attacking an Absolutely Gargantuan Moose

Written by Sharon Parry
Published: September 18, 2023
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In what this TikTok poster describes as a once in a lifetime video, we see an adult moose being followed through the forest by a bear. The predator is lurking behind the trees trying not to be spotted! It has yet to make its move on this large herbivore and seems to be undecided as to whether that is a good idea. We don’t get to see how this plays out, but we can look at who would stand the best chance of winning in this encounter. Scroll down to see the unique forest footage from New Hampshire.

Where Is the Best Place to Spot Moose in New Hampshire?

Moose are the largest member of the deer family who survive by eating leaves, twigs, and sometimes aquatic plants. They are found throughout New Hampshire, but the largest populations are north of the White Mountains. The total New Hampshire moose population numbers between 3,000 and 4,000 animals.

If you really want to see one, head to ponds and clear cuts. This is where you will find moose feeding on aquatic plants especially early in the morning and at dusk. Any forest clear cut that has a regrowth between of between 1 and 4 feet will also be a favorite spot.

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Moose also gather around roadside salt licks. Salt accumulates in some wet areas next to roads and these are frequented by moose in the late spring early summer. One example is route three north of Pittsburgh to the Canadian border.

Which Bears Live in New Hampshire?

The only bear species living in New Hampshire is the black bear. There are around 5,000 of them living in forested areas. In fact, there are so many of them that the state uses controlled hunting to keep a check on the numbers.

Black bears are omnivores and can eat both plant and animal material. Most of their diet is made up of plants but they are also efficient hunters when they want to be.

Can a Black Bear Catch a Moose?

Moose are large animals and can weigh up to 1500 pounds. A black bear weighs a maximum of 990 pounds. Moose will fend off a bear by stomping kicking and ramming it with their antlers. This can cause trauma and severe punctures. Black bears, however, have extremely powerful bites, sharp claws, and are experts at using their weight to drag large animals to the ground.

Having said that, studies have shown that black bears are not significant predators of adult moose. They are much more successful if they target calves. This individual is obviously weighing up its chances!

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Moose hiding among the tress
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About the Author

Sharon has a Ph.D. in Public Health but has spent the last decade researching and writing about all things connected with animal health and well being. As a life-long animal lover, she now shares her family home with three rabbits, a Syrian hamster, and a very energetic Cocker Spaniel but in the past she has also been a Mom to Guinea Pigs and several cats!She has a passion for researching accurate and credible information about pets and reviewing products that make pet owners' lives a bit easier. When she isn't checking out new pet products she's trekking around the Welsh mountains and beaches with her dog - although she lets her husband and her three grown up daughters tag along sometimes if they are lucky!

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