Moose are overly "testy" (appropriate word) during this time of year. It's the rut (woohoo).
Here in northern VT you see some really strange behavior from folks who would refer to this as "upstate" VT. People think that just because these big lumbering animals seems rather benign, they won't attack. I've seen idiots from the states just to our south take their kids on their shoulders and move toward the animals as if they're going to pet them. (Darwin Award candidates for sure.)
As for the post that referred to humans killed by moose, that's due to car collisions, I'm certain, not attacks. Most of the year a moose will just walk away, but during the rut, watch out. Did I tell you a moose bit my sister once? Moose bites can be nasty.
Has PETA heard of this outrageous treatment of wildlife?
A Swede hitting an animal with an axe! That is VIOLENCE!
A male moose challengng an intruder is nothing new, but a Swede fighting defensively is totally against the wimpy policies of Swedish foreign policy. Swedes are always supposed to be neutral. The burly burl-collector should have stopped to consider things from the moose's point of view, meditating on the years of oppression suffered by mooses under human oppression.