Moose and beavers and gators, oh my! Tell us about your most memorable wildlife encounter
Wild animal encounters
By Duncan McCue
If those Hinterland Who's Who commercials rekindle a few memories for you, they reminds me of the time I nearly got flattened by a moose.
My dad and I were canoeing in northern Ontario and we were snaking back-and-forth in a shallow stream through a marsh.
As we slowly made our way, a hubbub erupted somewhere in the tall reeds — then abruptly stopped. We pressed on around the next bend.
That's when the bull moose appeared, charging through the water, heading directly for us.
He was the size of a pickup truck with antlers as wide as the river and water frothing about his chest. He was moving in fast.
"Back-paddle! Back-paddle!" I screamed. There's no moose "passing lane" in a river. In a head-on collision, I knew who would lose.
My father didn't back-paddle. He grabbed an air horn, which he'd brought in case of bears, and gave it a blast.
The moose stopped in his tracks. Our canoe bobbed in his bow waves. We stared at him. He stared at us — nostrils flaring, steam billowing out of his mouth.
Then, ever so slowly, he turned, and trotted into the woods, without looking back.
It's not often you get so close to a wild animal that you can almost smell it's breath which is why it's such an indelible memory for me.
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