Moose drowned after being spooked

Officials believe that moose drowned because of onlookers taking photos

Wildlife officials in Vermont believe that a moose drowned because it was frightened of onlookers who were standing on the shore taking photos. According to CBS News, the tragic incident took place in Lake Champlain on Saturday.

What happened before the moose died

According to Fish and Wildlife Warden Robert Currier, the moose swam from New York to South Hero, Vermont, but after reaching land, he was forced back into the water by onlookers on the shore who were taking photos. Help was called when it became apparent that the moose was struggling, but it did not arrive in time.

Currier said, “It was struggling pretty good at that point. We were waiting for a boat to respond to try to assist it, but before the boat arrived, it had drowned.”

Moose drowned after being spooked

On The Islander Facebook page, more information about the tragedy was released:

Sheriff Ray Allen reported that the moose made it’s way out of the water, exhausted. When it tried to rest, people crowded it and spooked him. According to Fish and Game, when a moose feels threatened it will respond in one of two ways, either leave the area to avoid the threat or respond with aggression. He went back to the water and drowned due to exhaustion. 


People who spot wildlife should view from a distance to avoid future tragic deaths.

(images via Facebook)

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9 replies
  1. maxiemom says:

    I wish with all of my heart that moose had responded with aggression, tired as it was, and taken out every single one of those useless vermin!

    The longer I live, the more I despise people because too many of them are insensitive, vile, and concerned only about themselves with no regard whatsoever for the heinous consequences of their actions.

    The scum who killed this moose undoubtedly feel NOTHING about what they did because they’re dead inside: otherwise, they’d have seen what was happening and stopped what they were doing.

    RIP, moose. I wish the scum responsible for your death would pay with their freedom, but I fear nothing will happen to them.

    • Barkley's Mom says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more, totally irresponsible on the part of the morons that couldn’t just leave the moose alone! You are right, nothing will happen to these morons, and if they had the chance to do it again, the POS’s would grab their camera’s and scare the poor thing to death again!

  2. Adrienne says:

    Those scummy people who felt it so important to take pictures of this moose should be charged with it’s death or some type of animal abuse. If they had stopped and gone away from the moose, it would have not felt threatened and rested before getting up. That poor animal swam all that distance only to have disgusting humans cause his death.

  3. pennysdachshunds says:

    WELL!!! These STUPID , MORONIC North Easterners HOPEFULLY will ENJOY The PHOTOS OF WHAT THEY Most Likely caused to happen!!! NOT A BRAIN 1!!!!! Sad to Say!!!

  4. Red says:

    Could the on lookers NOT FIGURE out that they were scaring this poor animal and LEAVE!?!?!? How much of an idiot do you have to be when an animal comes to shore…..sees people and goes back into the water…..THEY ARE AFRAID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These idiots murdered this poor animal. I will bet there were some FILMING him drowning!


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