Alaska wildlife officials: Watch out for ‘cranky' moose

Woman kicked in head; skiers charged by moose

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Two moose incidents have led Alaska wildlife officials to issue a warning to residents: Steer clear.

In one attack, a moose kicked a Homer woman in the head, The Associated Press reported. She was taking care of her chickens, when a moose started eating chicken food from the bucket she was carrying.

Then, she turned.

"It pulled its nose out of the bucket, looked at her, reared back and kicked her right in the noggin'," said Jason Herreman, assistant area biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, to the AP.

The woman ended up with a welt on her head, though the attack could have been fatal, officials said.

Another moose went after skiers in Girdwood, a resort town, said Ken Marsh, spokesman for Fish and Game, to the AP.

Skiers repeatedly went by the moose on their way to the lift line, which apparently distressed the animal. There were no injuries; authorities reportedly advised the resort to kill the moose to remove any threat.

Alaska residents are no strangers to moose encounters, but moose aren’t as well-fed in the winter and tend to be rundown. Feeding moose can actually lead to attacks, too, Herreman told the AP. 

"Not all moose are looking for a fight right now, but they do tend to get a little cranky this time of year," Marsh told the AP. 

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