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Former Trees Two Men and Is in Turn Attacked by Brutes.

Exciting Fight Witnessed from the Branches of the Tree—Moose Finally Compelled to Flee After Losing Its Antlers

Treed by a bull moose for three hours, during which time they witnessed a battle between the moose and a pack of wolves, was the novel experience of William Burnett and J. J. Geynor, of Duluth, Minn., while visiting their claims in Cook county a few days ago.

Burnett and Gaynor had wandered some distance from their claims, when they came face to face with a great bull moose. Neither man had a gun, so they took refuge in a balsam tree. The moose came up and pawed their snowshoes and seemed disposed to await developments. After three hours a pack of 20 wolves approached the tree. The moose was game and struck at the wolves with its forefeet and antlers and kicked at them with his hindfeet.

The wolves evidently had in view the idea of hamstringing the moose. A certain number would engage the moose at his head, but most of them were snapping at the hind legs of the animal. Mr. Burnett says the agility of the moose was remarkable, and he was as strong, apparently, as a locomotive. He caught and flung the wolves about like chips, and howls of anger and pain rang through the woods. At last, while making a mad lunge to toss some of the wolves, the moose shed his antlers. After one startled look, when he realized that he had lost his head weapon, the moose turned and fled at top speed.

"You ought to hae seen that moose run," said Mr. Burnett. "I never had any idea that they could run so fast. He ran up the side of a small mountain range, and we could see him for quite a distance. The wolves went after him, but I have no doubt the moose escaped."

Hope Pioneer, 3/13/1902

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