“The moose was trapped, we were trapped. The moose drops her head and just charges right at us. And I said, ‘oh shoot.’”
This incredibly close call comes from the trails of eastern Idaho where Jeremiah Bigelow was out for ride with his family when moose appeared in their tracks and turned violent. Bigelow says his son was riding behind him and was unable to reverse and his brother was in front, trapping the moose in the middle. The moose charged his brother and thanks to a split second reaction, he was able to avoid getting trampled. The moose was unharmed in the incident, no reports on damages to the sled.
So… this humbled us. We were riding and my brother got ahead of us. A moose came onto the trail and got in between us. I had my son and two other friends with us. We stopped. Moments before I started filming, the noise charged us but stopped 20’ from us. That scared me. Moose are huge. I had put my snowmachine in reverse ( that’s the beeping noise) but I could not back up because my boy was right hehind me on an older sled that did not have reverse. My brother saw what had happened and was trying to draw the moose’ attention away from us. Well… he did. It looked like the moose was going to step@off the trail into the woods for a minute, but it changed its mind and did a sudden charge. My brother thought he could hit the throttle and get out of there but the engine died when he did. Had my brother not jumped when he did, he would have been crushed under the full weight if the moose against the handle bars. I raced ahead in case he attacked again, but the moose decided it was done and ran off as I approached. Lesson learned… brother should have continued on and given it more space. We should have gotten our sleds turned around as well. Bad scenario with an okay outcome. Moose was unharmed and I saw it later walking just fine. Scary