Skip to comments.Man fights back after moose attack
Posted on 10/07/2004 1:23:14 AM PDT by aculeus
A man in southern Norway was out looking for tree burls in the woods Monday afternoon when an angry male moose found him instead. The moose went on the attack, but Salvesen fought back, fearing for his life. Norwegian moose are generally shy and usually run in the opposite direction when encountering humans. In this case, the moose was more than simply aggressive.
"He charged right at me," a shaken Salvesen told local newspaper Fædrelandsvennen in Kristiansand. "I screamed, tried to run and dove behind some trees."
The moose kept pursuing him, Salvesen claimed, so he swung the axe he was carrying to cut wood burls off tree trunks.
"I hit him in one of his back legs and I could see that his leg broke," Salvesen said.
The broken leg didn't stop the moose either, and he swung his head towards Salvesen and tried to trample him with his front legs.
"So I lunged at him again with the axe, and got him in the head this time," Salvesen claimed. "The moose fell and I grabbed his horns, only to get kicked again."
The moose finally retreated and limped into the woods. Salvesen, in shock and with moose hair between his fingers, said he stumbled to the nearest house to get help.
Local wildlife authorities later searched for the wounded moose, but he wasn't found. Salvesen said he's still shaken, not to mention badly bruised.
"It will be a long time before I go wandering in the woods alone again," he said.
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