Have You Seen This? Mama moose puts the fear into grizzly

A mother moose warns a loitering grizzly bear after the birth of her calves at Glacier National Park in this video posted May 30.

A mother moose warns a loitering grizzly bear after the birth of her calves at Glacier National Park in this video posted May 30. (ViralHog via YouTube)



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We hear a lot of talk about not messing with mother bears who are guarding their young. With good reason, too. An encounter with a protective mother bear can quickly turn deadly.

But even a fearsome bear will turn tail and run when a mother moose makes her presence known. Don't believe me? Check out this video:

The footage was shot in Montana's Glacier National Park. As the caption explains, a moose had recently given birth to a pair of calves. A hungry grizzly took notice and began stalking the family.

It might seem as though the bear could've attacked at an earlier point, but it obviously had a healthy respect for the moose. One strike from its hooves could easily result in a serious injury.

When the bear did begin to get more aggressive, the mama moose decided she'd had enough. Crashing out of the lake with her hooves at the ready, she sent the bear scurrying away.

Among other things, it's amazing to see how quickly the bear vacated the area. Yes, grizzlies are massive animals. But they can move like lightning when they want to. In some cases, that might be charging at something. Other times, it's moving as fast as possible in the other direction.

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Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com contributor team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book “Rhino Trouble.”

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