One of Crosscut's furry neighbors has been hanging out on our ski trails! Over the last couple of days, we have had several encounters with a moose in the Times Square area. It appears that this is a solitary moose, but yesterday our groomer was bluff-charged!

If you do encounter a moose on the trails, please give it plenty of room! The following is good advice from the National Park Service on coexisting safely and peacefully with moose.

Give Moose plenty of room!
Enjoy viewing them from a distance. Cow moose are extremely defensive of their young so use extra caution around cows with calves.
They are likely to stand their ground even when they hear people approaching, so pay close attention to your surroundings, especially in prime moose habitat such as willow thickets or around streams or ponds.
If you do find yourself close to a moose
  • If it hasn't detected you yet, keep it that way.
  • If it knows you're there, talk to it softly and move away slowly.
  • Don't be aggressive - you want to convince the moose that you aren't a threat.
  • If you think the moose is going to charge you, take cover or run away.
Watch for signs that the moose is upset
If its ears are laid back and hackles are up it is likely to charge. Most of the time, when a moose charges it is a 'bluff', or warning for you to get back - a warning you should take very seriously! Once a moose bluff charges it is already agitated. If possible, get behind something solid (like a tree or a car).