Avoid Injuries and Keep Your Distance

Moose are magnificent creatures and are exciting to see, but they can be very dangerous if you or your dog get too close. 

  • Moose see dogs as predators and will attack aggressively; consider leaving your dog at home when out hiking
  • Always keep your dog on a short leash and under control 
  • Moose are not easily spooked and do not fear humans
  • Keep your distance.  If a moose reacts to your presence, you are too close 
  • Be aware of your surroundings, no not surprise a moose 
  • Females will defend their calves aggressively 
  • Bull will defend their territory at all times with increased aggression during the fall mating season in late September through November

Signs of Aggression

  • Raised hackles (hairs on its neck)
  • Ears pinned back
  • Lowered head
  • Swaying back and forth
  • Snorting and licking its snout
  • A moose may charge with no prior warning

If a Moose Charges

  • Run away as fast as possible
  • Get behind a large tree, rock or other object
  • If you are knocked down, get up quickly
  • Report the incident to CPW as soon as possible