Reporter avoids collision with two moose

A young bull moose crosses County Rd. 31 in South Dundas in October 2017. Courtesy file photo by Jen Harbers.

WILLIAMSBURG — A Nation Valley News reporter had a close brush with a pair of moose as she drove through the Williamsburg swamp last Friday night.

Kelsey Smith says she was heading northbound on County Rd. 8 around 7:30 p.m. when she came around a corner and spied two hulking figures in the darkness. “I didn’t even know what they were at first. I just slammed on the brakes and blared on the horn.”

“It was two moose walking on the yellow line, heading in the same direction as I was travelling,” reports Smith, who was shaken by the experience.

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“I came to a complete stop right on heel of the larger of the two, which appeared to be an adult male.”

“I hit his ankle and thought for sure I’d done some damage to my car. Just as I hit it, it sauntered off to the right-hand side of the road, while the smaller animal — which I’m guessing was a yearling — took off to the left shoulder of the road.”

“All I saw were legs!” she exclaimed.  

“When I arrived at my destination — the Morewood Winter Carnival Firemen’s Bingo — I checked my front end to see what damage had been done. To my surprise not a scratch or even hair was on it!”

Smith has previously seen moose on that stretch of road and has also photographed a freshly road-killed specimen near the same spot as it was being butchered by passers-by in October.

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