Man attacked by moose in Idaho


It was a scary experience for a Pocatello hiker Wednesday morning as he personally experienced the unpredictability of a moose. The hiker was charged by the moose on Gibson Jack trail south of Pocatello in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

The unidentified individual was hiking with his dog when the moose charged from behind. The hiker recounted he was not aware of the moose’s presence until the animal was already upon him. To escape, he jumped off the trail into deeper snow, quickly covering his head with his arms.

The moose stomped him two or three times before withdrawing. The hiker says he remained in the snow quietly for a few seconds before standing up. The moose had moved down to the creek, keeping an eye on the hiker and his dog as they slowly passed the moose and returned to the trailhead parking lot. Fish and Game reports the hiker sustained a few injuries from the encounter but was able to hike out safely.

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