This is how you behave when a giant moose approaches you while taking photos

This is how you behave when a giant moose approaches you while taking photos

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Wildlife photographers sometimes encounter wild animals up close and personal. While it sometimes ends badly, other times, people react properly and just enjoy the encounter from a safe distance. Wyoming photographer R Zaccardo recently shared a video of a large moose approaching a group of photographers. While it may seem scary at first, the video is a great example of how to behave when a wild animal gets close to you.

“I am probably 50 yards away from the moose,” the photographer explains in the caption. “All of the other photographers were also 50-100 yards away to start, and the moose decided to walk in our direction.”

Are moose dangerous?

Moose are normally not aggressive towards people. However, if the animal is stressed, a bull moose in the fall rut or a cow moose protecting her young could attack you, according to Alberta, Canada’s official website. Emergency Essentials shares seven signs that indicate an attack by a moose:

  1. The moose stops eating and stares at you.
  2. Lays back its ears and raises the hair on its hump, neck, or hips.
  3. Smacks or licks its lips, and clicks its teeth.
  4. Lowers its head and walks toward you.
  5. Urinates.
  6. Shows the whites of its eyes.
  7. Whips its head back like a horse.

“But sometimes it may not even show these signs at all,” this source warns, “they may just charge without warning!”

I’d say these folks reacted well – they stepped aside, kept their distance, and let the moose pass. They didn’t provoke it or try to feed or pet it. Most of them found a safe spot near their vehicles. And from what I can see, they have telephoto lenses, so they were taking photos from a safe distance to begin with.

“Everyone was incredibly respectful of [the moose’s] space and stayed relatively in place in order to not spook him.” Zaccardo points out. As Wyoming residents, we always respect the wildlife.”

[via Whiskeyriff]

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