'Moose rider' caught on YouTube video charged

A year after a video was posted to YouTube showing a man riding a moose, two Fort Nelson men have been charged.

2 men charged with 3 counts under the Wildlife Act

A man who was caught on video jumping from a boat onto the back of a moose has been charged under the Wildlife Act. (Wolftracker TV/YouTube)

A year after a video was posted to YouTube showing a man riding a moose, two Fort St. John, B.C., men have been charged under the Wildlife Act.

The video, shot from a motor boat, caused an uproar on social media.

It shows a moose being chased across a shallow body of water, before a man jumps onto the animal and rides it for 15 seconds before falling off.

Others on the boat can be heard laughing.

In a Facebook post Thursday, the Conservation Officer Service says that a yearlong investigation has led to two suspects being charged with three counts, including harassing wildlife, attempting to capture wildlife and hunting big game while the animal is swimming.

The men were tracked down after the body of water in the video was identified as Tuchodi Lakes near Fort Nelson.

The men — who were not named — are due to appear in court in Fort Nelson on Aug. 8.