But don’t take our word for it. According to the Canadian that filmed the moose ordeal: “It was the most Canadian thing I had ever seen.”
Bailey Badgerow was traveling with her family to Santa’s Village in early October. It was a road trip like any other as they whizzed down Highway 69 via Sudbury, Ontario. That is, until the traffic jams and police lights.
At first, Bailey was sure a wreck was up ahead. Such is the way of things. But what she saw instead she and her family will never forget.
“When we saw what was following the cop car, we were shocked,” Badgerow tells USA Today’s For The Win Outdoors. “`It’s a moose!’ my spouse said. Luckily we were fast enough to capture this moment on video.”
And capture it they did. The moose seems a gentle fellow, too. A model Canadian, if you will. The bull slowly follows his police escort down the highway, gingerly pressing his muzzle against the trunk of the cruiser.
“I was literally at a loss for words,” Badgerow continues for FTW. “It was the most Canadian thing I had ever seen.”
She believes the officer was guiding the moose back into local bush and out of harms way. Another model Canadian, to be sure.
“I’d like to think he made it home safely,” Badgerow adds. “If someone hit a moose with their vehicle, it could be fatal.”
In another angle of the clip, Bailey clarifies that she was “traveling on highway 69 just past Sudbury, Ontario. We saw flashing lights and assumed that there was an accident. It turns out it was a moose being escorted by OPP (Ontario provincial police).”
The fantastic encounter took place on October 2. But the memories will surely last a lifetime.
Moose on the Loose: Northerner Problems
Humanity is still working on the whole “coexisting with our fellow nature thing,” but the officer above sets an excellent example for all. Yet not all moose are as gentle and cooperative as his pal. At least, not our American moose.
“I look in my rearview, and there’s a moose that just literally ran right behind my car,” Casey Thomas recounts of her harrowing New England moose run-in. Thomas’ close encounter of the moose kind came on a September morning after dropping her daughter at her Worcester, MA school bus stop.
“I called 911 this morning and I was like, ‘Hey, there’s a moose, it looks freaking huge!’” she continues. Good call, right there, as moose can be incredibly dangerous.
Then, alongside Thomas’, local police were flooded with reports of an aggressive moose on the loose. Worcester DPW employee, Dan Antonucci, took to the streets in order to warn people. “Get out of the way,” he told residents. The moose, as he says, was absolutely in “panic mode.”
As it turns out, this New England moose was in the middle of rut and looking for love in all the wrong places. and as Yellowstone National Park Ranger Tara Ross tells Outsider, there’s an “unreal danger” to rut season in all locations with megafauna present.