(Courtesy Wildlife Protection Society)
The “rutting” or mating season is underway for moose and elk. Especially during this time, please keep dogs leashed when on trails and in open areas where wildlife is present. Males can be particularly aggressive, so give them plenty of room. Moose may weigh up to 1200 lbs. and can run 35 m.p.h. Signs of aggressive behavior in moose include: hair standing up on neck, snout-licking or ears laid back. Please review the tips below for safety.
- Make noise on trails so the animals are aware of your presence.
- Keep children close to you and dogs on a leash. Give wildlife plenty of room.
- Stay calm. Do not run. Back away slowly.
- If the animal charges or chases you, get behind a tree or solid object.
- If you are knocked down, curl up in a ball, protect your head, and lie still until the moose retreats.
For more information about wildlife behaviors, visit www.wildawareutah.org