Woman Captures Video of an Angry Moose Battling Her Child’s Swing… Yes, a Swing!

Written by Sharon Parry
Updated: September 25, 2023
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It looks like this moose has a serious problem with some children’s swings! It is repeatedly charging at them in the front garden of an Alaskan home. At times, it looks as if it may get its antlers caught up in the swings but it seems to escape getting completely entangled. Scroll down to see the full extraordinary footage of an Alaskan moose having playground equipment issues!

Which Sort of Moose Are Found in Alaska?

Moose are the largest member of the Cervidae family which is the same family as deer. They are large animals that can grow to weigh over 1,500 pounds. Many of them reach around 6 feet when measured from hoof to shoulder. Moose are sturdy and strong animals, and it can be a bit of a shock to find one on your front lawn if you are not used to it.

The moose in Alaska are members of the subspecies Alces alces gigas and are the largest of all the moose subspecies. These guys can stand up to 7 feet to the shoulder and can be 9 feet in length. As you can see from this clip, they have long legs, big ears, and no tail.

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Both males and females grow antlers beginning in April or May. The largest moose have the largest antlers – some can be 7 feet across and weigh up to 70 pounds.

Moose hiding among the tress

Male and female moose grow antlers.


Do Moose Normally Walk Around in Cities?

Moose are very plentiful in Alaska – it is estimated that there is at least one moose for every four people in the State. It is also not unusual to see them wandering around the streets of cities and towns. This is a mixed blessing!

There’s no doubt that it’s cute to see these wild animals in such an unusual setting and it can make the morning commute a bit more entertaining. On the other hand, the females can be very protective if they have calves with them and have been known to attack. Males can also be aggressive during the mating season. Sadly, there have even been incidents where humans have been trampled to death by moose in urban environments.

These moose like to use human highways because it’s a lot easier than tramping through deep snow. However, this also presents potential difficulties. There are around 600 automobile accidents involving these animals every year and this causes up to $9 million of damage! Hopefully, the child swings in this clip emerged unscathed!

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The photo featured at the top of this post is © JT Fisherman/Shutterstock.com

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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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