Last September, a viral video of a moose made the rounds online as the enormous animal went to town on someone’s Mercedes-Benz with its antlers.
A young bull moose in Boulder County, Colorado took out its anger on the luxury sedan during rutting season. CBS Denver shared a short clip of the encounter with the perturbed animal. Viewers can see the huge beast scratching up the rear left side of the car near the tail light.
As the CBS reporter mentions, the “ornery” bull uses the Mercedes as a sparring partner. You’ve got to feel bad for the owner of the car. But from the looks of it, they’re off the beaten path on a dirt road surrounded by trees somewhere in the Colorado wilderness. As Outsider readers who frequent our site know well, nature is beautiful, but often unforgiving. In this case, the Mercedes owner found out the latter the hard way.
According to the National Park Service website, moose rutting season happens in late September and early October. During peak rutting season, bulls dig rutting pits, fight, and mate. Further, “cows wallow in pits, are pursued by bulls, and feed,” according to the NPS site. As the first week of October comes to a close, the rut promptly ends. The moose return to their normal routines of eating and resting as they prepare for the upcoming winter.
Moose Killed By Car After Running into Traffic at Utah’s Weber State
Earlier this week, another young bull moose took a campus tour of Weber State University just north of Salt Lake City, Utah. Sadly, the animal’s visit turned from awe-inspiring to deadly as it wandered out in traffic.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that onlookers on campus were amazed by the moose throughout the day on Wednesday. The huge animal spent multiple hours in the campus duck pond, which made for some majestic photos. Yet university security officers, local police, and Utah’s Division of Wildlife tried their best to persuade the moose to return home to no avail.
Later in the day, the bull went further into campus and eventually walked into oncoming traffic. Unfortunately, a car crashed into the moose and it sustained serious injuries. Officials at the scene were forced to euthanize the animal following the incident.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources told the outlet that the moose was 18 to 24 months old. They shared that the young bull was the first to visit Weber State’s campus in years.
“In the 13 years I’ve been here, this is my first encounter with a moose,” Weber State Police Chief Seth Cawley told the Tribune. “We had a bobcat that was wandering up in our stadium area several years ago. But as far as moose or other large animals, this is the first that I know of.”
As mentioned before, this time of year is rutting season for the animals. DWR officials assume the young bull traveled down from the hills surrounding campus after getting pushed out by an older bull moose.
“The big, older bull moose are looking for cows,” DWR spokesman Mark Hadley told the Tribune. “They chase the younger, smaller bull moose away from the cows and off the mountain… That is likely what happened.”