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SNAPPED: how NOT to interact with wildlife

JACKSON, Wyo. — In a recent Instagram story posted to Shark Tank ABC’s Instagram, Blake Mycoskie captures a video of three dogs barking and getting extremely close to a bull moose. Mycoskie is a Jackson resident and the founder of TOMS shoes.

The clip shows the moose becoming visibly aggravated with his antlers lowered towards the dogs. After a few seconds, one of the dogs runs toward the moose’s hind legs, retreating after the moose swings his lowered antlers around to the dog.

The video includes a poll, popular on the social platform to promote follower engagement. The poll asks followers to vote either for either THE MOOSE or THE DOGS, with the caption, “Who’s your money on?” Another caption reads, “Our resident moose stopped by to say hello. Just one of the many reasons why I love living in Wyoming.”

The video was uploaded by Mycoskie as a part of a “Blake” Highlight featuring his daily life and his new business venture, Madefor, for the Shark Tank ABC Instagram. Shark Tank is a well-known TV show in which entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas. The page has over 505,000 followers.

Buckrail would like to remind the community that moose are dangerous animals. Bull moose exhibit increased aggression during the fall mating season, from late September to early November. Moose also see dogs as predators and may attack aggressively if they feel threatened. Signs of aggression include, lowered head, ears pinned back, raised hackles, snorting, and swaying back and forth. These signs may be present but moose may also charge with no prior warning.

It is illegal to harass moose in the state of Wyoming. According to Wyoming statute,  23-3-109 (a) “No person shall use any dog to hunt, run or harass any big or trophy game animal, protected animal or furbearing animal except as otherwise provided by this act.”

If you see a violation, call the Wyoming Game and Fish Hotline at 1-877-WGFD-TIP (1-877-943-3847). You can call to report violations day or night and on holidays. You can also report violations by texting “WGFD” to TIP411 (847-411) , through the Game and Fish website, or by calling your local game warden.

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