Moose bluff charges off leash dog and owner in Mt Fernie Provincial Park

Monday June 22.  moose n calfA moose and her 3 week old calf are at the campground in Mt Fernie Provincial Park.  They have been hanging around by the interpretive trail bridge and by campsites 1 and 2.  The moose bluff charged an off leash dog and the owner in order to defend her calf. Do not approach or feed the moose and calf and give them space and privacy.  Dog owners, please keep your dogs on leash when going through the provincial park.  Thanks for helping keep this moose and calf wild and people safe.

Moose Safety Tips

Moose are wild animals and need to be given space and privacy. Stay safe by keeping an appropriate distance.  Moose are not normally aggressive but can be very dangerous if approached or startled, especially females with calves.  Given the sheer size and strength of these animals, moose are capable of inflicting serious injuries.

  • Never approach a moose. Give the animals a wide berth and ensure they have an escape route.
  • If a moose does charge you, getting inside a nearby building or car is the safest option, but hiding behind a large tree or other solid object may effectively block the charge.
  • Moose will attack dogs as they view them in the same category as their natural predator, the wolf. Keep your dog leashed if moose are in the area.
  • Perhaps the biggest threat that moose pose to human safety is through vehicle collisions. Protect yourself by adjusting your speed in areas where moose are known to frequent especially between dusk and dawn.

For more information on wildlife safety visit www.wildsafebc.com