Moose are big. Like really, really big. If you’ve never seen one, it can be hard to even fathom how big they are.
Bull moose, on average, stand about 6 to 7-feet tall at the shoulder and can weigh as much as 1,400-pounds. When big bull moose stands tall with their heads held high, they can reach heights of up to 10-feet tall, including the antlers. From head to tail, most moose measure about 7 to 10-feet long. Moose antlers can also grow to be approximately 6-feet wide. On average, their antlers measure more than 5-feet wide. While female moose do not grow as large as bulls, most moose cows tip the scales at more than 1,000-pounds.
Moose in Alaska and northern Canada grow larger than they do anywhere else in North America. The largest moose ever shot by a hunter in the Yukon Territory was 7-feet 6-inches tall from the hoof to the shoulder and weighed more than 1,800-pounds.
Given the incredible size of moose, hitting them with a car is extremely dangerous. However, even a relatively small bull moose can make a vehicle look small, as exemplified by the video of a young bull sparring with a parked car in Colorado.
The shockingly large size of a big Alaskan moose is even more mind-boggling, and a video from a view years ago shows just how little the world’s largest deer species can make an automobile look. I mean, this thing looks more like a dinosaur than a deer.
A man in Canada recently hit a moose with his Mazda, and it just absolutely crumbled the vehicle. Cars hit other cars without doing this much damage. You just have to see the footage to believe it.
Bull moose are so big that they’re not even scared of cars. They’ve been known to even charge trucks. A while back, a few folks were following a moose down a logging road somewhere in the wilderness when the big bull seemingly got tired of running and playing games, so he turned around charged the truck.
Despite their enormous size, moose can seemingly appear out of nowhere on the side of the road, and hitting them with a car can be fatal for not only the moose but for the driver as well. Even if moving at slow speeds and taking all the precautions, a collision with a moose can happen so fast that it can’t be avoided.
However, there are some things drivers can do to reduce the dangers associated with driving through areas where moose may be crossing the road, as explained by a defensive driving instructor in Canada.