Westford, VT - It was not what Brent Olsen expected to see when he woke up at his home in Westford Sunday morning. A bull moose with a hoof on his car.
"I had run out in my shorts from the morning and I started hollering at it, do not jump on my car Mr. Moose."
After chasing it away from his vehicle, Olsen was intrigued by the up close encounter with the moose. He grabbed his camcorder as it walked around his yard.
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"A moose with ivy in its horns, I thought it was kind of cute."
But the moose's behavior quickly became anything but cute.
"It scared the crap out of me."
Olsen ran for safety inside his home, leaving the camcorder outside. Apparently the moose wanted to go inside the home too.
"My roommate had gone in to his bedroom and had his .32 special rifle out and he said he was going to defend the house, he was going to shoot it if it was coming in the house."
After observing it for a period of time - a state game warden killed the moose - saying it exhibited signs of brain worm. The parasite causes odd behavior - like walking in tight circles. It can also make the animals off balance and cause their heads to tilt. Wardens say approaching wild animals is never a good idea.
Lt. Curtis Smiley of the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Dept said, "We recommend people keep a safe distance from any wildlife, no matter what size it is, all wildlife can be dangerous, whether it is big or small."
Olsen said that he was very sad to see a beautiful healthy animals suffer from something like this.
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