Moose charging cyclist prompts TV crew to intervene

Moose charging cyclist prompts TV crew to intervene

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Moose charging cyclist prompts TV crew to intervene

A cyclist on a trail next to Glenn Highway in Anchorage, Alaska, fell to the ground as a mother moose charged and lunged at him in a defensive maneuver to protect its two calves.

A camera crew from KTVA captured video of the encounter and was prompted to intervene when the moose continued to charge the downed cyclist, not allowing him to get up.

“I knew then the moose was attacking a rider, so I yelled at a photojournalist to drive down the ditch and onto the trail and get between the rider and the moose,” Joe Vigil of KTVA said. “So that’s what we did.”

Vigil and photojournalist Jared Mazurek came to the aid of cyclist Andrew Eker, escorting him to a safe distance away from the moose family.

“I think I just went down,” Eker told KTVA when asked if the moose had struck him. It didn’t.

“I don’t know [what happened], I just came riding along…I don’t care to get that close,” Eker said.

Neither Eker nor another cyclist who had encountered the momma moose was injured. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game subsequently shut down the trail near the moose family.

Photo of momma moose and calves is a screen grab.

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