Mountain biker has close encounter with moose

Moose out the way! Moment mountain biker has close encounter with wild animal as it runs out in front of him while he cycles in Alaska

  • Joshua Dennis, 12, had been cycling through Hatcher Pass, Alaska, with friends
  • A moose ran in front of the mountain biker and forced him to quickly brake 
  • Mooses, the largest of all the deer species, are often found across North America
  • This is the dramatic moment a mountain biker was forced to stop in his tracks as a moose crossed his path in Alaska.

    Joshua Dennis, 12, had been cycling through Hatcher Pass, which lies in the Talkeetna Mountains, with his friends Weston, Caiden, Nathan, and Vannin when the wild animal ran out in front of them.

    The mountain biker, who was leading the pack, was able to brake just in time to avoid colliding with the animal, which was just inches away from him.








    The moose runs out in front of Joshua Dennis, 12, as he cycles with his friends at Hatcher Pass, Alaska

    The moose runs out in front of Joshua Dennis, 12, as he cycles with his friends at Hatcher Pass, Alaska

    The 12-year-old is forced to stop in his tracks as the wild animal runs out in front of him

    The 12-year-old is forced to stop in his tracks as the wild animal runs out in front of him

    During the clip, Joshua, who runs the YouTube channel AllOutdoorsAlaska, and his friends ride their bikes down a narrow cycling path.

    Just moments later, an enormous moose runs in front of their path and forces Joshua to brake in order to avoid crashing into the creature.

    As the animal runs away, Joshua looks back at his friends before saying: ‘Oh my God! That moose just ran in front of me. I am out of here! 

    ‘It was a like a foot away from me!’

    Joshua’s mother Lisa Dennis said: ‘Joshua had adrenaline pumping through his veins and was excited and scared at the same time.

    Joshua brakes just in time and manages to avoid colliding into the animal as it runs away

    Joshua brakes just in time and manages to avoid colliding into the animal as it runs away

    The 12-year-old looks back at his friends on the cycling path and says: 'It was a like a foot away from me!

    The 12-year-old looks back at his friends on the cycling path and says: ‘It was a like a foot away from me!

    ‘When the moose passed by, the odour was still lingering in the air from the wild animal.’

    Mooses, which are the largest of all the deer species, are often found across North America, Europe and Asia.

    The animals typically feature a large nose and upper lip and adult males can be recognised by their antlers, which can spread 6ft from end to end.    

    Despite their large size, the wild animals can run up to 35 miles an hour over short distances and some have even been spotted swimming several miles at a time.