- When moose get to mating, they start getting awfully ornery.
- One Colorado man found that out the hard way to the tune of more than $3,000 worth of car damage.
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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s rutting season— look out for horny moose!
For most of the year, moose lead fairly uneventful lives. During winter, spring and summer, they eat, rest, and move to the next place to eat and rest.
However, during autumn, moose become social and the mating season (also known as rutting) begins. Behaviors that have been mostly dormant for the rest of the year emerge and moose engage in rituals related solely to reproduction.
That was certainly the case in Boulder County, Colorado.
Local Coloradan Jake Wheeler went out for a hike and parked his Mercedes at the trailhead. Upon his return, he found his car scratched up pretty good.
There was also a note.
“I was just driving by and saw a moose attacking your car. Text me at (phone number) for the video. I tried scaring it off but the damage was done.”
While Wheeler was out on the trail, a horny moose decided to practice its sparring on his Benz. Check it out:
A big part of the mating process is showing dominance.
Male moose fight over females and territory, which they hope is full of females. The point is not to gore the other moose with its antlers, but to push harder and show that he is stronger.
Whichever moose can move its opponent out of the way wins and the loser moves on. In this Colorado case, neither moose could be declared the victor, because, well, he was fighting himself.
The cost to fix the damage was about $3,200. Oof.