As late cooler temperatures settle in and late September arrives, rutting season for elk and moose is picking up.
This time of year, big bull elk and moose are looking for love, and the testosterone is pumping. Often, bulls will lock antlers and fight with each other to establish dominance and impress prospective cows enough to get together and create some calves.
Given the circumstances, the big deer tend to be a little more ornery and lose their inhibitions, and conflicts with humans and property damage are most likely to occur this time of year. That notion was best exemplified by a fired-up young bull moose in Colorado last year who took his aggression out on a parked car and got a little sparring practice in with a parked Mercedes.
According to Unofficial Networks, the car owner returned to his vehicle to find it scratched to hell and back and was a bit confused until he saw a cardboard note on his car from the person who filmed the video.
Fortunately, there was video footage to prove the story was true as well.
Unfortunately, the damage to the car cost roughly $3,200 to fix.
“I came back to this cardboard note on my car, with a couple of scratches all over it. I had no idea; I thought someone attacked my car, and maybe this guy was just leaving me a note, like, ‘hey, I saw somebody attacking your car.’ It turned out to be a moose that attacked my car.
It’s mating season supposedly; maybe he saw his reflection in my car.”
The video should serve as a great reminder to be extra careful around wildlife this time of year, particularly big bull moose and elk.