Moose Survives Wild Collision With SUV (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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A SUV recently crashed into a moose in Colorado, but the beast reportedly survived the bizarre incident (video below).

Kayla Whitehead was watching some other moose on the side of the road when she happened to film the collision, according to her YouTube page:

On our way to go backpacking in Eagles Nest Wilderness, CO, we pulled over to watch 2 moose running along HWY 9 as one moose took a turn for the road and the other stopped to watch. An oncoming car didn't see what was coming.

I think the guys were just from out of town and didn't know that a bunch of cars pulled over means there's wildlife on mountain roads. Be careful driving mountain roads- watch for wildlife! When you see a bunch of cars pulled over near 'watch for wildlife' signs, there's probably an animal near the road.

The car windshield was shattered and nearly broke through. The people in the car said they were OK. The moose left a skid mark of hair on the road and limped off slowly into the bushes. Parks and Rec said they followed the moose tracks a ways and it seemed to have walked off, so it might have made it! It was upsetting to watch.

Mike Porras, spokesman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife's northwest region, told The Denver Post: "One of our officers tracked it for quite a bit — a mile or a mile and a half — and did not find a carcass. We believe it survived the initial impact."

Whitehead told CBS Denver that she was informed wildlife employees are planning to use her video as a teaching tool to warn people about wild animals that may be crossing roads.

"It’s kind of cool that it’s moving around educating on wildlife and stuff," Whitehead added. "The guys were from out of town. They were from Chicago and I think maybe they just didn’t know to watch for cars pulled over on the side of the road that, that probably means there’s wildlife there."

Sources: The Denver Post, Kayla Whitehead/YouTube, CBS Denver / Photo credit: Kayla Whitehead/YouTube

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