Moose are something you pretty much expect to see if you make a trip to Alaska. This sighting was something only a few people have ever seen.
When Brad Webster took his friend on a tour of a frozen lake near Unalakleet, a town along the Bering Sea, they discovered a pair of moose entangled in the frozen lake. The moose antlers were locked in what looked like an epic battle. The sighting happened at the beginning of November. At the time, the frozen water was just solid enough to walk on and was clear enough to see through.
Surprisingly, experts say that this isn’t the first time this sort of thing has happened. In fact, a few years ago, hunters found three bucks stuck together in an Ohio creek. However, it isn’t often that you find the moose preserved in a layer of ice.
Kris Hundertmark, the chair of the Biology Wildlife Department of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, says this happens when moose attempt to compete for females during the fall. They do this by clashing antlers. The unique shape of the antlers can cause them to become entangled. Many of these moose wind up starving to death because they aren’t able to dislodge from their sparring partner.
After realizing how unique the sighting of the moose battle finale in the frozen lake really was, Webster went back to the area to salvage the two moose heads. After several hours, he and a group of friends finally removed the heads so Webster could mount them.