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Posted: August 1, 2017

Biker charged by moose near Maiden Lake

WildSafeBC Elk Valley reports that a moose cow that has been hanging around in the wetland behind Maiden Lake yesterday charged a biker.

The moose ventured onto the trail near Maiden Lake and was startled by the biker, prompting the charge. Fortunately the biker was able to ride away unharmed.

Maiden Lake and trail is located in Fernie at the end of 9th Avenue (behind Canadian Tire).

WildSafeBC Elk Valley offers these moose safety tips

  • Moose are wild animals and need to be given space and privacy. Never approach a moose. Give the animals a wide berth and ensure they always have an escape route.
  • Female moose with calves need extra space. Moose cows are very protective of their young and may attack if they perceive a threat. If you come across a cow and calf, calmly leave the area immediately.
  • Be aware of moose body language. A threatened moose may lower its head and flatten its ears before charging. If you see these behaviours, find an escape route.
  • If a moose does charge you, getting inside a nearby building or car is the safest option, but hiding behind a large tree or other solid object may effectively block the charge.
  • Dogs and moose don’t mix. A moose can seriously injure or kill a dog if it feels threatened. Likewise, loose dogs can harass moose, causing undue stress. Never let your dog out if there is a moose in your yard.
  • Use caution when walking dogs, keep them under voice control and/or leash.  Dogs chasing wildlife may result in human/wildlife conflict.
  • Drive cautiously, scanning for moose along roadsides, especially between dusk and dawn to avoid collisions.

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