September 3rd, 2009 – by: Lord_Mike
Two quick notes about moose in Alaskaâ€¦.on one evening, a group of a dozen of us drove to Downtown Anchorage to try some more microbrew beer and shoot some pool. I was the sober driver for the evening. This was later found out to be a very good thing. I was driving from downtown back toward the base at roughly 40-45 mph (64-72kph) with a car full of semi-intoxicated Air Force reserves, when suddenly a female moose (called a cow) decided to step out on the road, right in front of our van. I was able to slam on the breaks, and give everybody near whiplash in the processâ€¦but I avoided the 6 foot (1.8 meter) cow and her massive 600-800 pound (270-362 kg) body by a mere 5 feet.
The other moose run-in was the night of our end-of-tour party. There was a male and female moose that were feeding on the side of the road on base, right around the corner from our lake chalet. I hope to be able to get that video on line, as the male moose walked an armâ€™s length away from meâ€¦and I thought for a moment it was going to charge me with its huge rack of horns! To see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeOTr6Lpy7g