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February 22, 2014 7:40 PM   Subscribe

"First time I ever got beat up by a baby moose." -- Maine moose trapper/tagger Wes Livingston gets mauled by an ungrateful juvenile moose on video. [via 9MSN; TW: animal mauling; Livingston is ok]

Maine's new moose-collaring study described here.
posted by spitbull (21 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
I'd like to point out that the man actually says "first time I ever got beat up by a baby moose." So I assume he's a regular in Maine's underground moose fighting arenas.
posted by griphus at 7:45 PM on February 22 [28 favorites]


Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretty nasti..
posted by The otter lady at 8:19 PM on February 22 [32 favorites]


"I thought you said mouse"
posted by arcticseal at 9:01 PM on February 22 [4 favorites]


I've lived and hiked in moose country and built trails in southeast Alaska in places so remote they would helicopter us in for ten days at a time [Your tax dollars, I had a great time, thanks yo]. I'm much more afraid of moose than I am of bears - which I encountered many times. It's an odd thing that an herbivore is more threatening than an omnivore - kind of like the internet come to think of it.

Remember that scene from "The Gods Must Be Crazy" where the kid makes himself look bigger? Watch this and see when the moose decides to leave.
posted by vapidave at 9:28 PM on February 22 [13 favorites]


My cousin suffered some broken ribs from a moose calf charging her while on a camping trip. Moose are not to be fucked with AT ALL.
posted by KingEdRa at 9:43 PM on February 22 [1 favorite]


I'm much more afraid of moose than I am of bears - which I encountered many times.

This. While working in Yellowstone National Park, backcountry hiking is half the reason for going there*. Few things are quite as scary as being 3/4 of a day into a multi-day, one way, solo, backcountry hike than seeing a moose, bull or not, staring at you from the underbrush after you turn a corner of the trail. Those suckers are way more unpredictable than bears and if it weren't for tourists in YNP affinity for approaching the bison and getting hurt in droves, that have no business being has high as the are (they aren't cows people), then I can't help but believe that, if you normalized for populations at least, you'd find that moose are more dangerous to people and property than bears anyway.

*shiver* Fun to watch from afar, but not worth the trouble and all jumbled up and odd shaped up once you get close. Moose, the impressionistic paintings of North America's animal kingdom.
posted by RolandOfEld at 10:13 PM on February 22 [9 favorites]


* The other half of the reason to work there are the places where thermal features run into rivers and you can sit in nature's hot tub. And the other employees tend to be pretty awesome too I suppose.
posted by RolandOfEld at 10:15 PM on February 22


I assume he's a regular in Maine's underground moose fighting arenas.

So that's what the Loyal Order of Moose is all about.
posted by XMLicious at 2:38 AM on February 23 [1 favorite]


A moose once bit my sister.

I spent way too much time subtitling the next video in the feed where the mugger falls for the oldest trick in the book:

Victim: I'm not giving you my wallet.
Mugger: GIVEMEYOURMONEY.
Victim: Look over there! It's a majestic moose!
Mugger: A moose?! Where??
Badass Non-Victim: (clocks mugger in head and runs). BAAHAAHAA, youthoughttherewasamoose.
posted by kinetic at 4:52 AM on February 23 [1 favorite]


"first time I ever got beat up by a baby moose."

Immediately made me think of this:

"Was you ever bit by a dead bee?"
posted by valkane at 5:49 AM on February 23 [2 favorites]


Moose are not to be fucked with AT ALL.

Seriously. Know any other animal that will charge trains to protect its territory?
posted by valkyryn at 7:19 AM on February 23 [3 favorites]


Moose are not to be fucked with AT ALL.

I hope so
posted by Namlit at 7:35 AM on February 23


Moose are not to be fucked with AT ALL.

I think, if two consenting adult moose love each other very much, I am not one to judge.
posted by GenjiandProust at 7:41 AM on February 23 [6 favorites]


Several years ago, my brother-in-law and I were backcountry camping/hiking at Rocky Mountain National Park and, on our second day, encountered an enormous, magnificent moose bull in a clearing - maybe 6' at the shoulder. We took our time giving it a wide berth and it ultimately regarded us (correctly) as harmless dorks. Easily the best part of the entire trip.
posted by phong3d at 8:01 AM on February 23


They are, however, awfully delicious. (My cousin in Maine not only got a permit in the lotto but also bagged a moose, not always a guarantee even if you have permission). There was moose in my aunt's freezer for about three years.
posted by bitter-girl.com at 11:08 AM on February 23 [1 favorite]


A friend of mine once put it something like this, "Imagine a pissed off Volkswagen, with teeth"...
posted by mikelieman at 12:58 PM on February 23


And not a Beetle either. One of those Eurowagons.
posted by valkyryn at 1:58 PM on February 23 [2 favorites]


This is a fun video of a close moose encounter that turns out OK:two moose meet cyclist. That guy stayed very calm.
posted by madamjujujive at 4:01 PM on February 23 [1 favorite]


Watching those pointy hooves coming at him made me flinch. Sharp, pointy, ouch!

The cyclist was pretty laid back, especially considering the moose was contemplating eating his bicycle.
posted by BlueHorse at 6:26 PM on February 23


Moose. It's the ladies who are not to be fucked with at all. As a kid I'd be running the far way home if I spotted a moose anywhere near the trail I was intending to take. One morning as I went out on the porch to get the paper, four moose were hanging around on it, eating my grandmothers petunias. My grandfather simple went out there, clapping his hands until they left, lunking away like sulking cows while I cowered behind my grandfathers coat tails forever impressed that he could handle the animal that scares me most.

"They're always in your grandmothers petunias. If I could make them eat the weeds, I wouldn't mind."
posted by dabitch at 7:08 PM on February 23 [3 favorites]


... somehow the words "there's a moose stuck in your fence" doesn't register on the brain the way you'd think ...
posted by homunculus at 9:54 AM on March 19 [3 favorites]


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