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Man shoots threatening moose (With a .22 rifle)

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As reported by KTVA 11 (AK):

Man shoots threatening moose

Associated Press
Article Last Updated: 05/31/2007 03:57:42 PM AKDT

Alaska wildlife state troopers say a North Pole musher will NOT be cited for shooting a moose that threatened to charge him. The cow was defending a calf from a sled dog that had pulled loose from a chain in the yard of musher Jonah Lilley. Wildlife Trooper Dennis Roe says Lilley shot the moose in the head Monday with a .22-caliber rifle from about 20 feet away.

Roe says the cow and calf -- which was probably was less than a week old -- walked into Lilley's dog lot and "riled the dogs up." He says one of Lilley's bigger huskies pulled its anchor out and ran to the moose. Lilley went into his house for the gun, came back out and fired it into the air to scare the moose. Roe says the cow turned away from the dog toward Lilley, and when it moved toward him, he shot it.

Roe says the loose dog grabbed the calf by its hind end and seriously injured it. Roe says that when he arrived, the calf was alive but could not stand up, so he shot it. He says the shooting of the cow appeared to be justified. The cow moose was salvaged by a charity. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game took the calf carcass for research. Wildlife officials say cow moose aggressively protect their young and neither calves nor cows should be approached, especially at this time of year.

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Note: Once again proof that the .22 can and does work effectively. Of course shot placement is key as with any caliber round.

- Janq
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Jakes02 said:
How about the guy get control of his dog.
With a 1000lb + animal staring him down i would be the dog was the last thing on his mind.

A couple years ago in muzzleloader season I had a close incounter; at one point she was with in 3'; with a sow black bear wityh cubs. I been in a few ify situations in my life but that was the worst, I'm not afraid to say i was damn near touching cloth.
DJ 9iron said:
Everyone but Jake and I are missing the point. The situation shouldn't have even occurred.
ok it shouldn't have happened, the dog should have been anchored better. But do you expect him to ust abandon his dog?
MrMcCrackin said:
i think u guys are missing the point:

-North Pole musher

-cow and calf walked into Lilley's dog lot and "riled the dogs up."

-Lilley's bigger huskies pulled its anchor out and ran to the moose

we are talkin alaska here gentlemen - not the burbs of your local township

it should also be noted that - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game was called to the scene - not the local LEO

I have no problem with what the guy did, although personally i would have grabbed a biger gun lol.

A full size much dog is a little harder to control than a poodle and a fullsized moose can do some serious damage not to mentions it can cover the 20' betweenthem in about 3 steps.
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