According to CBS, 59-year-old Brent Olson woke up Sunday morning to find the loose moose flopping its hooves all over his car. Olson, who was dressed in nothing but his undershorts, then ran out of his house to chastise the animal before chasing it off with his car.
But at second glance, Mr. Olson thought the ivy twirled around the bull's velveted antlers was a cute touch, so he grabbed his video camera to record the encounter. Olson was filming the moose wandering around his yard when the animal charged him.
"It scared the crap out of me." Olson told CBS News
. So much so, that the Westford, Vermont man dropped the camera and took off for his house, having caught the charge on video.
The camera, which continued to roll, also captured the bull charging the house. The moose attacked the house four more times over the next hour as Olson and a friend, waited for the state game warden to arrive. The friend Olson explained, felt threatened enough into grabbing a rifle, just in case the moose decided to plow through the patio door.
When state game warden Smiley finally arrived on scene, he determined that the animal was sick. "I've never seen a moose act like that,'' Smiley told CBS News. Convinced the animal may have been suffering with brain worm, Smiley then shot the animal.
According to the Department of Environmental Conservation
in New York State, brain worm is the common name for parasitic round worm. Often found in the brain of white-tailed deer (its preferred host), the parasite has shown little effect in this species of deer but is often "fatal to moose, mule deer, black-tailed deer, elk, caribou/reindeer, llama, alpaca, goats, and sheep,'' the department said.
Wildlife experts often warn people about getting too close to large animals, particularly during birthing season. Last year, after a series of moose attacks on humans in Alaska, Jessy Coltrane, an Anchorage-area state wildlife biologist, warned residents to "assume that every moose is a serial killer standing in the middle of the trail with a loaded gun."
Coltrane told the Huffington Post
, "The best practice around moose is to go away around a moose.''