Alaskan moose kills man trying to photograph newborn calves

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Screenshot, Female Alaska moose can grow to nearly six feet (1.8 m) tall and weigh 57 kilograms (362 kg).

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An Alaska man was killed by a moose that suddenly charged while he was trying to take photos of his two calves.

Dale Chorman, 70, was caught off guard when the animal attacked his property in the city of Homer.

Mr Chorman died at the scene.

His son said he realized the moose was protecting its offspring and did not want the animal to be killed.

A friend who was with Chorman, who has not been identified, was unharmed.

The Alaska Department of Public Safety told the BBC that Chorman had been searching for moose and calves on his property to photograph.

Tim Kizzia, another friend of the victim, said the moose came “suddenly… crashing” and caught Chorman off guard.

“They turned to run and his friend looked back and saw that Dale was already on the ground and the moose was on top of Dale,” he told the Alaska News Service.

Doctors pronounced Mr. Chorman dead at the scene on Sunday. The moose and its calves had left the area.

His son, Nathan Spence-Chorman, said his family did not want the animal to be euthanized.

“(Dale) wasn’t some hapless fool who stumbled into danger; he was a person who went out looking for a great photo, knowing the risks, and got caught in a dangerous moment,” he said on social media.

“The moose is obviously not to blame. She was only protecting her offspring.”

Moose attacks are rare, but the animals can become aggressive if provoked.

A female moose is usually very protective of her calves and will attack if a human gets too close, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.

The moose calving season runs from mid-May to mid-June, ADFG says.

Wildlife officials believe the animals may be more irritable this year because record levels of snowfall have made foraging difficult.

Moose are the largest of the deer family and the Alaskan moose is the largest of its kind.

It can grow to almost 182cm (6ft) tall and females can weigh up to 362kg (57 stone).

Between 175,000 and 200,000 live in the state, which has a human population of approximately 737,000.

At least three men have been injured in confrontations with moose over the past six months.

In 1995, a moose stomped a passerby to death on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus after students reportedly harassed the animal and its calf for hours with snowballs.