Paul Gallant was attacked by a moose Friday morning in the middle of a running trail in Dieppe. pic.twitter.com/3bDOMPSF4P
— CBC New Brunswick (@CBCNB) October 10, 2018
The moose reportedly charged at Gallant, hitting him three times in the jaw. Gallant sustained a bruised lip, bump on his forehead, broken vein and scratches all over his body. Witnesses called 911.
According to Wildsafe BC moose come together to mate during the months of September and October. Moose attacks are very uncommon, but can happen on rare occasions.
Here are some recommendations from Wildlife BC for avoiding conflict with moose while running:
- Make lots of noise when running, this is the easiest way to warn animals of your approach.
- Avoid startling moose, this greatly reduces the risk of attack.
- Never approach a moose, give them animals a wide berth and ensure they have an escape route.
- Beware of body language, a threatened moose can lower its head and flatten its ears before charging.
- In the event that a moose does charge, hiding behind a large tree may effectively block the charge.
- If you run with your dog and you’re in moose country, keep it on leash. A moose may very well go after a dog, as it will perceive it to be a wolf, one of the main predators of moose calves.