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Moose rescue gets hairy when frightened animal attacks man

West Kelowna man Marc Schoene probably thought he and a young moose who got tangled in his fence would be on good terms after he freed the animal. Boy, was he wrong.

Marc Schoene got hit by the moose's hooves three or four times after he freed it

A young moose got tangled in a wire fence on Marc Schoene's West Kelowna property. When freed, it proved to be an ungrateful creature. (Marc Schoene)

A West Kelowna man had a surprise visitor on his property on Friday when a baby moose got caught in his wire fence.

Marc Schoene managed to save the young moose with the help of his neighbour and even filmed the encounter.

"It got spooked by the neighbour's dog and tried to jump over the fence onto our property and got its back legs stuck in the fence," Schoene told Radio West host Rebecca Zandbergen.

"It was definitely in distress and breathing really heavy and obviously scared, so the first instinct was to rescue it and just cut it loose."

Marc Schoene was a little worse for wear after freeing the moose that got caught on his wire fence. (Marc Schoene)

And his reward for setting the moose free? The massive animal attacked him.

"It just looked at me and I just assumed it was going to take off, but it just lunged at me with its front hooves," he said. "I was able to turn just in time but it still got me three or four times in the shoulder and lower back.

"It was scared, didn't know what was going on, and I was the first thing or person or threat it saw, and I thought that was a natural thing for it to do."

After giving Schoene his reward, the moose jumped several more fences — successfully, this time — and scampered away.

And while he hasn't seen the moose since, he does have a somewhat-comical video of him being chased by a moose to help him remember the encounter.

"I figured I'd just make a video of me cutting the moose loose. I wasn't expecting it to attack me, that's for sure."

To hear the full story, click the audio labelled: Man frees moose from fence and gets attacked