ANCHORAGE, Alaska — As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, wildlife biologists are warning people to be careful if they go hiking in the warm weather.
This is the week when moose give birth to their calves -- and if you run across a cuddly little moose calf, the mother is likely to be nearby.
Giving in to the urge to pet calves can quickly lead to trouble, like being charged by a cow moose weighing from 600 to 800 pounds.
In addition to humans being endangered, calves can be endangered too.
On Tuesday, in Talkeetna, pet dogs separated a moose calf from its mother and then attacked the calf. It ended up with severe bite marks on its back and on its side before Mike Miller, the operator of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, rescued the animal.