Like hitting a brick wall…
Moose are straight up huge. The largest in the deer family, a bull moose can weigh up to 1,500 pounds, but it’s very common for them to be over 1,000. And with that big rack of plate-like antlers on their head… it’s just down right terrifying to hit in a vehicle as you’re driving down the road at 50 mph.
And especially in a car.
Moose are the tallest animal in North America, making it so cars usually take their legs out and the whole moose generally lands right through your windshield.
And this video… Exhibit A.
According to comments on the video, this footage came to us from Eastern Poland, where a man hit a moose near the town of Chelm.
The video starts and all you can think is it looks like the moose is literally sitting in the vehicle. The man with the camera walks around the vehicle and when it gets to the front it is shocking.
He is sitting in the passenger seat almost to perfectly.
And believe it or not, the driver walked away completely unscathed. How? I have no idea…
The bull’s antlers almost seem to be lodged into the door and sun roof, meanwhile, the folks on scene are attaching a tow rope to the moose to pull him out.
When they pull him up its shock all over again, and I wish they had scale when they lifted him because he looks thick.
The bull that seems to be around a 14- or 16-point bull is huge. Not the animal you want to be running into in any vehicle.
Hitting A Moose Will Absolutely Destroy Your Car
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 1,500-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.
Even hitting a white-tailed deer with a car can do some severe damage to a vehicle, so it’s easy to comprehend how hitting something so much larger than that, like a moose, can absolutely obliterate a car.
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.