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    Two moose found frozen mid-fight near remote Alaskan village

    Two moose have been discovered frozen in battle and encased in ice near a remote village on Alaska's unforgiving western coast.



    Key points:

    The moose had their antlers locked together and were likely fighting over a female
    It is possible one moose was wounded and then dragged its rival down too
    Some of the moose meat was recovered for dog food and bait
    The heads will be mounted at a nearby Bible camp

    Bob Webster, a middle school social studies and science teacher in Unalakleet, captured images of the massive animals poking through the ice as they laid on their sides with antlers apparently locked together.

    He had taken a friend who recently moved to the village for a walk on November 2 near a frozen slough at Covenant Bible Camp, where Mr Webster volunteers as a camp steward.

    "That's when we saw it," he said.

    He initially thought it was just one moose that had been shot but when he got a closer look, he saw the second moose.

    It took him a moment to realise what he was seeing, he said.

    It was the end of moose rutting season, and the animals were likely fighting over a female moose.

    Mr Webster speculated that one of the animals was wounded by the other animal's antlers, and perhaps died as their antlers were caught together, dragging the rival down with it.

    "It was a very interesting experience," Mr Webster said of the discovery.



    Two frozen moose found
    Photo: The two bulls were fighting over a female but it did not end well for either of them. (Facebook: Jeff Erickson)

    Jeff Erickson, student activities director of Bering Strait School District in Unalakleet, also captured the images when he went to check out the scene a couple of days later with Mr Webster.

    Mr Erickson grew up in the area and has hunted for 50 years, but he said he had never seen anything like it "frozen in time".

    "It was such a surreal sight ... so serene and quiet, but a stark vision of how brutally harsh life can be," he said.

    Mr Webster, Mr Erickson and a few others went back later and removed the animals from about 20 centimetres of ice covering open water, recovering some of the spoiled meat for dog food and trapping bait.

    Mr Webster said the meat was left at the site for anyone wanting it.

    They took the heads, which are still frozen and being kept for now in Mr Webster's yard.

    The plan is to clean them out for mounting as bleached skulls at the Bible camp.

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    Two moose found frozen mid-fight near remote Alaskan village - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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    Another species of Antelope where males horns can get locked in battle, is the African Kudu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper
    The plan is to clean them out for mounting as bleached skulls at the Bible camp.
    Sounds very Christian. Maybe they will only be used on full moons?

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    DavidK and LT?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSFFan View Post
    DavidK and LT?
    "were fighting over a female "

    AO?

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