In the frozen wastes of the Northern Hemisphere, bears and wolves are often considered a serious threat to hikers, hunters, and other humans wandering through their territory. But, they aren’t the most dangerous animals to wander the northern latitudes.
Nope, that would be moose, which attack and injure more people than bears and wolves combined. Worldwide, moose are the second most dangerous wild mammal — only hippos injure more people every year.
As the largest living member of the deer family, it should come as no surprise that moose are so deadly. Standing between 5 and 7 feet high at the shoulder and weighing as much as 1,500 pounds, these massive creatures are no pushover. They can break and crush bones with little effort, and they become very aggressive, especially when their calves are threatened.
Even bears and wolves tend to stay out of their way since these large animals are capable of killing both. Moose are also known to intimidate potential enemies with a deafening roar, which is generally enough to keep the predators at bay.
To better understand their power, watch this female moose in Quebec charge through deep snow like an organic snowplow.
You REALLY don’t want to get caught in a moose’s path.