Part of the joy of living in Alaska is the outdoors. The scenery and wildlife in Alaska cannot be matched by any other place in the country.
Unfortunately, the same things that make our state beautiful can also make it dangerous. While you may not see a moose while driving every day, it is essential to know what to do if you encounter a moose on the road.
Here are a few tips to make your next moose encounter safer.
Large and aggressive
A moose may seem like a docile majestic creature, but they can be very dangerous in some circumstances. Moose are prey animals, but they still have many ways to defend themselves, including their size.
If a moose feels threatened (by you or your vehicle), they may charge, especially if you get between a mother and her young. Unlike deer, moose are considerably larger and can do significant damage to you and your car.
Start seeing moose
When you are driving, it can be easier to see deer since their eyes are near the range of your headlights, and their eyes will reflect the light. However, moose are much taller, and your headlights may fall under their eyes, making them more difficult to see.
Moose are more active at dawn and dusk, which can make them challenging to see. Still, when you know when you are more likely to see a moose, you can take extra steps to be cautious and observant.
Give them space
Moose tend to be moody, so it is best to steer clear of them and give them space. While other creatures may be threatened by your vehicle, a 1,000-pound moose is not. In a fight between a moose and a car, the moose will typically win.
As you are out on the roads, watch for moose and respect their space.