Moose on the Run: Paddlehead Chased by 100 People on Washington State Campus, Per Police

by Shelby Scott

A band of college students on a daring mission remained unharmed during a moose chase Monday night. Additionally, the moose escaped the wild band of students, however, authorities and observers alike were not amused by the students’ actions. The chase consisted of 100 students both on foot and in vehicles pursuing the large, hooved animal.

According to Pullman Police, the group of Washington State University students initiated the chase Monday night around 8 p.m. Authorities set up barriers on the NE Hill according to the police department’s Twitter page.

While the moose serves as the school’s mascot, authorities stated students and other individuals should keep their distance from the large beasts.

“Being close to nature is a great [perk] of life on the Palouse,” the department began in one of their posts. “Occasionally, wild animals wander into Pullman,” the post continued.

The department then took the opportunity to discourage future behavior exhibited yesterday evening. “Respect local wildlife by providing the animals with plenty of space. Help ensure the safety of our public and wildlife – NEVER chase or approach a wild animal.”

A follower to the post emphasized the importance of providing wild animals in the area, especially moose, plenty of space. “Moose can be very dangerous,” the comment begins. “Humans won’t fair well in an attack. Ever see a car ripped apart by a Moose?”

While I personally have never seen such a thing, I do believe the huge, antler-bedecked animals are capable of doing so.

The commenter further stated, “Harassing wildlife is a bit mean in the first place. Best to go inside [and] call Animal Control.” For those looking to contact such services for the next Palouse moose appearance, Pullman Police proved contact information.

Moose Exhibit Intense Aggression Compared to Carnivore Counterparts

While a moose sighting is nothing to sneeze at, we do hope the wandering moose at WSU managed to find its way back to its natural home. And despite that none of the pursuing students suffered any harm from the animal, moose truly do pose an incredible danger to humans.

Surprisingly enough, the herbivorous hooved beasts do not display a mild-mannered temper. A CBS report previously stated that moose encounters result in far more injuries than black and brown bear encounters combined. And the fact applies to both male and female moose.

Typically male moose become overtly aggressive during rut, the animals’ annual mating season, currently ongoing. However, the females can be just as, if not more, intimidating especially when it comes to their calves. Last month saw an elderly woman hospitalized with serious injuries after a female moose attacked the unsuspecting woman. And the incident itself was completely unprovoked.

On rare occasions, hikers have had encounters with the large animals that remained cordial, if not friendly. Check out this recent clip of two college hikers and their too-close-for-comfort encounter with a Colorado moose.