Watch a snowmobile survive for a split second after a 1,000-pound moose charged at him while he was out with his brother in Idaho
- Video shows the moment a snowmobile narrowly dodges an attacking moose
- Brothers were with family on a trail in Idaho when the animal suddenly turned around
This is when a snowmobile on an Idaho trail narrowly survived an encounter with an attacking moose.
Both the man and moose, estimated to weigh more than 1,000 pounds, were able to walk away without injury, but the snowmobile was damaged when the animal fell over it.
Brothers Josiah and Jeremiah Bigelow were out with family near Palisades on Wednesday morning.
The female moose, which averages between 850 and 1100 pounds, stepped out onto the trail between the brothers and suddenly turned to attack.
Josiah said, “I didn’t have time to think. I just responded.’
His brother added, “Josiah was ahead of us and then the moose stepped onto the trail…she had her head down, ears back and looking very angry.”
Josiah said he was accelerating his snowmobile, but when he saw the moose coming, he thought, “I’ll just get out of here.”
A moose steps into the lane between the two brothers on a trail in Idaho
The moose turns and starts walking as Josiah tries to get the animal’s attention
The moment Josiah tries to drive away from the moose on his snowmobile
As the elk turns and begins to walk towards Jeremiah on camera, Josiah waves his arms to get the animal’s attention.
The moose appears angry and begins attacking Josiah.
Josiah is on his snowmobile and tries to take off, but the moose – which can run up to 35 mph – quickly overtakes him.
At the last second, the snowmobile jumps to the right, causing the animal to fall right over the vehicle.
The moose stands up as Josiah hurries back to the snowmobile.
Both the moose and the family came out unharmed.
Animal experts told ABC News that moose react negatively to people who make themselves big. They advise to back off slowly.
are elk no naturally aggressive animals but are territorial and may become angry if harassed or intimidated by people, dogs and traffic, or if they are hungry and tired.
They tend to be more prone to aggression during their mating season in late September and October, as well as adverse weather conditions when they are forced to walk through the cold and snow.
The Alaska Dept of Fish and Game advises to be patient with moose, even if it takes half an hour. A loud noise can move the animal, but those who are used to people are not easily scared away.
A photo shows the two brothers attacked by the moose on the trail
Josiah seemingly jumps off the vehicle at the last possible moment and the moose stumbles
While the moose is on the ground, the man returns to safety near his snowmobile
In late February in Alaska, a woman was kicked in the head by a moose while walking her dog.
Tracey Hansen was left dazed and bloodied after the beast attacked from behind and kicked her in the head while she was away with her pet Gunner.
“I had my hands on my head and I thought, ‘I’m bleeding,'” she shared Source of Alaska news.
It wasn’t until she sat up and surveyed the situation and saw the animal in front of her that she realized a moose had mowed her down.