Nebraska Game and Parks officials are asking people to give space to a moose that has been observed along the North Platte River in Scottsbluff and Gering. Although moose can appear to be docile, they have been known to become aggressive toward people and pets.

People should stay at least 50 yards away from the moose and not attempt to feed it. When near the moose, it is especially important to have pets on a leash.

Aggressive moose often show a variety of signs, including pinned back or flattened ears with fur raised around the neck and back. Other signs are a lowered head, stomping feet and teeth clicking or licking of its lips. In the case of a moose charging, people are encouraged to run and hide behind the nearest large object, such as a tree or car, to separate themselves from the animal. The moose has been observed on streets, so drivers should be especially attentive to avoid a collision.

While not common, moose sightings have occurred in Nebraska dating back to the 1970s. Moose in the Panhandle’s North Platte valley are believed to have arrived in the state by following river corridors from Colorado and Wyoming.