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Video: Moose Confronts Snowmobiling Couple

A snowmobiling couple had a tense confrontation with a moose while riding in Maine, and the footage from the encounter is going viral.

A snowmobiling couple had a tense confrontation with a moose while riding in Maine, and the footage from the encounter is going viral.

A snowmobiling couple had quite the shock when they were charged by a moose while riding in Maine.

Rolling a helmet cam on a trail near their camp in the northern community of Jackman, the clip posted on YouTube shows the confrontation between a mangy moose and Bob and Janis Powell of Belmont, New Hampshire.

The  two were riding down a trail behind the moose. The moose stops and turns around. The Powells stop. There’s a short standoff before the moose approaches Bob in his sled.

Bob dismounts, the rig between the two. Another face-off ensues before the moose charges and seems to try to trample him.

Bob then runs and sits in his wife’s sled. She is standing and is soon able to find the handgun she rides with, fires a warning shot, and the moose eventually scampers away.

The encounter lasted about two minutes. No one was hurt.

A video of the encounter is embedded below.

“We could see he had his hair up, his ears back, head down and was stomping his feet,” Janis Powell told the Bangor Daily News. “We knew something was up.”

She said they knew it was a bull moose. They could see where his antlers had been when he got up close and personal.

During the encounter, she reached for the handgun she carries while sledding in the backcountry.

“I had to take off my gloves, unzip my jacket and then unzip the inside pocket of my jacket to get to the pistol,” she said. “All I could think was, ‘Oh my God, we are dead meat.’”

Between the YouTube video and Facebook, the couple has been fielding comments, some unsavory, as an edited version of the incident was posted after the original.

“Now people think we have something to hide,” she said. “We have nothing to hide — if we did, would we have called the wardens right away and posted this on the Internet?”

The Powells reported the April 18 incident to wardens with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

“We just want to remind people that any wild animal is unpredictable. If they do act aggressive, we should suggest that people just back away,” Sargent Scott Thrasher told WCSH-TV in Portland.  “Just let the animal have its space. If it’s aggressive, their ears may lay back, the hair on the back of their neck may be standing up, simply not acting normal. Stomping its hooves, not acting normal. We just suggest people back away.”

The couple snowmobiles a few thousand miles every year and won’t let the close encounter stop them from sledding.

“This will certainly not keep us from riding,” Janis Powell said. “We always kept our distance from wildlife. But one thing is for sure, from now on we will be putting more distance between us.”

Image is a screenshot of video by snowboatatv on YouTube

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  • RPJ

    Well unlike the last encounter that made Outdoor Hub, at least this couple handled it properly & didn’t feel the need to gun down the moose inspite of it’s level of aggression.

  • Andy Benoit

    Handled it properly? How far were they going to chase this moose down the trail before it finally turned around. They deserved this close encounter. Thankfully they didnt shoot the animal.

    • justsayin’

      I totally agree with Andy B. They could have and should have stopped for a few minutes, or at least slowed down. The encounter could have ended the same way, but most likely not. No common sense used here.

  • Homey

    Unfn’ believable…
    I am an avid snowmobiler/hunter/sportsman and I cannot believe the ignorance of the people I share the outdoors with.
    Chasing this animal down the trail as they did is just plain stupid.
    Thank god for the technology that records this crap and opens the eyes of sensible sportsman to call these idiots out.
    They ride thousands of miles, for how many years and don’t have any respect for the wildlife in which they share these great outdoors with.

  • Bleeding heart

    Really! Leave the wild life alone for heavens sake. They should be allowed their dignity, and a way out. It’s their world, if you don’t know how to behave stay out of it.