Moose Safety

Never feed a moose. Feeding of any wild game is dangerous and against the law. The University Police Department has a no-tolerance policy on this issue. Anyone caught feeding or harassing a moose may be cited. 

  1. What to do if you observe an aggressive moose- Tell others in the area. Phone the University Police Department if on campus at 786-1120. If off campus call local Anchorage Police at 911.
  2. Recognize the Signs of an Aggressive Moose- The moose stops eating and stares at you. The moose lays its ears back and raises the hair on its hump. The moose licks its lips or clicks its teeth. The moose lowers its head and walks towards you.
  3. What to do if attacked by a moose.-Run and place a strong barrier between you and the moose. If you get knocked to the ground, curl up in the fetal position. Protect your head with your arms. Do not move until the moose is a safe distance from you. Use any means you can to protect yourself from an aggressive moose.
  4. How to observe moose safely- Watch moose from a safe distance. Control pets, remember moose view dogs as wolves a natural predator. Avoid loud noises and don’t chase or harass moose for action shots. Don’t crowd or feed moose. The harassment or feeding of a wild animal is a crime in the State of Alaska. Don’t walk between a cow moose and a calf.
  5. Don’t underestimate moose- Moose may appear docile but they are very large and agile wild animals. Moose can weigh up to 1200 pounds and can run 30 mph. Moose use their hooves and antlers for defense. Enjoy watching moose from a safe distance.