Three Men See Snout, Free Moose Buried in Avalanche
Mobley spotted something brown moving in the hard-packed snow of the debris field.
“It looked like a guy’s arm at first because we were expecting to see a skier,” Mobley said. “But it was moaning and groaning and moving and we realized it was a moose, even though only his ears and some of its snout was sticking out of the snow.”
The men grabbed shovels. Two men dug while the other looked for signs of another avalanche. When the animal’s head was cleared, Vucinich took a picture. The moose didn’t struggle and appeared calmer as they cleared snow.
“It didn’t even fight us,” Mobley said. “It was like, ‘Help me. Help me.’ It was totally docile and let us touch it. It just (lay) there,” Mobley said.
After about 10 minutes, Mobley said, three-quarters of the animal was free. The men were not sure if the moose was injured. One poked the moose’s rump with a shovel.
“It stood right up and towered over us, because we were in kind of a hole from the digging,” Mobley said. “It looked like the abominable snowman because its fur was so packed with snow and it looked at us, shook the snow off it, and off it went.”