"The 13 hikers out Saturday on a trail in Ogden Canyon when one of the
hikers’ dogs found the moose, which charged at the group."A better headline would be:"Hiker's dog startles moose
and provokes charge."
The moose definitely broke the law.
In Utah, a human clearly has the right of self-defense against a threatening
animal. It is my understanding, that in one of the recent encounters between a
human and a moose, the moose actually struck the human with it's hooves.
Under those circumstances, it would seem reasonable, before the actual
trampling, that the person could have shot the moose in self-defense. Those
hiking this time of year should carefully read Utah Administrative Rules
R657-63-3. Notice this Rule contains a stand-your-ground provision (no retreat
required by the person) and the unequivocal policy statement that human life
takes priority over animal life.
I suspect the moose was an enraged Hillary supporter still reacting to the