Moose Charges Snowmobiling Couple in Maine

A New Hampshire couple got more than they bargained for while snowmobiling in Jackson, Maine. The couple, identified by WBZ as Janis and Bob Powell of Belmont, N.H., were riding along a snowmobiling trail on Friday when a moose jumped out in front of them.

From WBZ:

They followed the moose for a short distance before it suddenly veered off the snowmobile track, turned around and charged them. The moose proceeded to charge several more times, one time even grazing Bob Powell, during the frightening standoff that lasted about two minutes.

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In a video of the exchange, uploaded to YouTube by the couple, Bob Powell tried to keep the snowmobile between himself and the moose. He fell back to his wife’s machine when the moose charged. With no trees to use as cover, Janis Powell fired a warning shot toward the moose. Unperturbed, the moose stared at the couple for a few seconds longer before ambling off down the trail.

(Warning: This video contains some profanity)

In the video description, the couple said they were not chasing the moose.

We are very respectful of wildlife. We were not following it too close and were actually slowing down. Moose are not afraid of snowmobiles and don't act like this when we see them on the trail. We have never seen one be this aggressive and we see them all the time in this area.

The Powells said they contacted the Maine Warden Service about the encounter.

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