In Alaska, you are more likely to be injured by a moose than a bear. A man in Westford, Vt., found out why over the weekend and filmed a video of his own attack.
What started off as an incident Brent Olsen found “cute,” quickly turned into a dangerous situation.
CBS News (via WTSP) reports Olsen saw the moose with a hoof on his car in the morning.
“I had run out in my shorts from the morning and I started hollering at it, do not jump on my car Mr. Moose,” CBS reports Olsen saying.
Thinking it a prime opportunity at this point to capture some footage of the wild animal, Olsen retrieved his camera and found the moose “kind of cute” in his yard with ivy on its horns.
This is where the tone of the event shifts as the moose began to charge Olsen and the house:
Olsen ran for safety inside his home, leaving the camcorder outside. Apparently the moose wanted to go inside the home too.
“My roommate had gone in to his bedroom and had his .32 special rifle out and he said he was going to defend the house, he was going to shoot it if it was coming in the house.”
After observing it for a period of time – a state game warden killed the moose – saying it exhibited signs of brain worm. The parasite causes odd behavior – like walking in tight circles. It can also make the animals off balance and cause their heads to tilt. Wardens say approaching wild animals is never a good idea.
Watch the footage, the title of which describes the moose as “deranged”:
Olsen told CBS the incident “scared the crap out of me.”