Now that the Norwegian moose-hunting season is over and many Norwegian families are enjoying a juicy elk steak during the Christmas holidays, many out there probably wonder: How far can a dead moose run?
The research portal forskning.no has already answered this significant question.
The portal writes that scientists at the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Hedmark University College and the Swedish National Veterinary Institute (SVA) already back in 2012 had developed a model showing that an adult moose can run a distance up to 300 meters (328 yards) after it in reality has migrated to the woods surrounding Valhalla.
– An adult moose with a shot through both lungs, can maximum stay upright for 30 seconds before it loses consciousness and falls (…), said Professor Jon M. Arnemo at the Hedmark University College to forskning.no.
This corresponds to up to 300 meters if it runs at a speed of 40 kilometers per hour (24.85 mph).
Small Animal – Short Distance
The illustration below shows what most of us did not know: The heavier an animal, the longer it can run after it is fatally wounded – assuming the caliber used is the same.
X-axis: Body mass in kilos. Y-axis: Escape distance in meters. Red Line: If the animal runs longer than this distance, it is not deadly wounded, but hurt. Green Line: Normal escape distance before falling to the ground. (Illustration: NINA / Hedmark University College)
The model is made to show Scandinavian hunters how far an animal can run after it is dead, which is important if the animal is wounded. If it has moved farther than the table shows, the animal is hurt, and action must be taken accordingly.
The data and analyzes are based on 636 adult moose, 346 moose calves, 56 brown bears, 235 lynx and 111 foxes.
(Editor’s Note: The wild animal population in Scandinavia is strictly regulated and eating venison is normal during holiday seasons and celebrations.)
Text by: Thor Lanesskog, ThorNews