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'My mind was racing': Gaspésie man on his moose moment

"People who have been here for 60, 70 years are telling me they never lived something like that," says Éric Deschamps of his experience watching a quartet of moose in Gaspésie National Park.

Éric Deschamps said he moved to Gaspésie to experience the kind of scene he filmed

Éric Deschamps spent two hours observing four moose on Mont Ernest-Laforce. 0:52

A video of four moose in the Gaspésie National Park shot by Éric Deschamps said there were times he worried for his safety.

He told CBC News that when he moved from Montreal to Gaspésie five months ago it was to live experiences like the one he filmed Nov. 1.

"People who have been here for 60, 70 years are telling me they never lived something like that," Deschamps said.

The following is an edited interview between Deschamps and CBC host Susan Campbell.

What happened that morning?

I arrived at 7 a.m. and saw a couple of moose but nothing special. At the top of the mountain I was looking for more stuff. Then 50 metres from the top of the mountain I saw these female moose and the buck.

What was special about the buck?

It's not common and it's special that nothing happened [to me]. At this time of the year, they just wanted to eat a lot before winter.

Why did you narrate what you were seeing?

So people can feel my fear. They can feel my stress. My shaking hands, everything.

Why were you scared?

The females were curious about the tripod.

But when the female moose left the tripod and looked at me I realized I was the next focus. I looked around me to see where I could go to protect myself. At that point, my mind was racing.

with files from CBC's Susan Campbell