Bill Tyra will probably be telling the tale of an epic moose fight, inches away from him, for the rest of his life.
The Anchorage native has the distinction of recording a rare sight for any residential neighbourhood — a pair of bull moose locking antlers in the middle of the street.
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Tyra and his son, Josh, witnessed the battle royale Friday. One bull could be seen with rope or chain tangled in its antlers.
The animal behaviour is part of what is called rutting — better known as mating season — which begins towards the end of summer and peaks in early autumn. It’s virtually the only time moose socialize. They spend most of the year alone.
“Behaviours emerge that have been dormant for the past year as moose engage in rituals related solely to reproduction,” according to the U.S. National Park Service. “Their uneventful lives quickly become hectic as bulls compete for breeding rights and cows seek out mating overtures from bulls.”
As for Friday’s fight, both bulls eventually ended up going their separate ways with no clear winner but a lot of amazed residents.
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