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Posted: Monday, January 6, 2014 10:00 pm

A Kalispell snowboarder recorded on video chasing a moose down a slope at Whitefish Mountain Resort has been fined for harassing wildlife.

Charlie Rush, 21, was fined $225 by Flathead National Forest. The video went viral and was picked up by Yahoo Sports and Deadspin.

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          • mrknowitall posted at 6:43 pm on Tue, Feb 11, 2014.

            mrknowitall Posts: 78

            The snowboarding punks were all hopped up on the devils dandruff. To bad the moose didn't stomp their skulls in. Under the Montana wildlife protection law 34.67 they will be charged with 30 years in prison and or a $10,000.00 fine.

          • MT2112 posted at 8:24 am on Tue, Feb 4, 2014.

            MT2112 Posts: 7

            I wish that moose would have killed him!!!

          • Oldhoss posted at 5:43 am on Fri, Jan 17, 2014.

            Oldhoss Posts: 40

            Wolves, the Canadian huge kind were introduced in Yellowstone, and soon migrated in all directions. Trappers in the Libby area have trapped wolves in the 130 pound range. These are NOT native wolves. They are now everywhere in the state.

          • Chewy posted at 2:19 am on Thu, Jan 16, 2014.

            Chewy Posts: 66

            Oldhoss- when and where were wolves introduced to Montana?

          • Oldhoss posted at 9:51 am on Tue, Jan 14, 2014.

            Oldhoss Posts: 40

            What was done was wrong for sure. But since when does the Forest Service govern wildlife? What happened to Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks? Evidently we don't need both organizations if one claims superiority and does it all! And remember, it is ok to have ruthless killings of these magnificent creatures by wolves which were allowed to be introduced here!

          • Westvalley posted at 5:17 pm on Fri, Jan 10, 2014.

            Westvalley Posts: 100

            What they did was stupid and dangerous They could have been badly hurt or killed by the moose.

          • Mike J posted at 10:38 am on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

            Mike J Posts: 10

            It's all Obama's fault, always, ever.

          • Montana Native 420 posted at 10:07 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

            Montana Native 420 Posts: 209

            I think the people that commented about the moose being molested and fondled by these teens were just joking. Get over it people.

          • bird72 posted at 11:46 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

            bird72 Posts: 104

            I finally watched the video. I suggest all do before opinionating here. I changed my opinion after watching. What happened was not necessary, and the moose could have broke a leg. The chase was longer than I expected.

          • Rebel Rouser posted at 10:43 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

            Rebel Rouser Posts: 1564

            Come on you guys, the Flathead National Forests cash flow has been cut way back (Obama), and they neeeeeeeeeeed the dough. Moose molestation is a secondary issue.

          • clawman posted at 8:38 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

            clawman Posts: 1

            Life is difficult in the winter for all wildlife. When they have to exert extra energy for any reason weakens and dehydrates them. By chasing them in any situation weakens the animal and makes them subject to attacks by other animals.
            Common sense says it is not good for the animal and the kids are obviously having fun chasing the moose.

          • travelinmt posted at 8:37 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

            travelinmt Posts: 2

            Realized, these 2 are not "kids". One is 21 years old and the other 17. Seriously, these 2 knew what they were doing, and just wanted to have a better time than they were. What a couple of jerks! They probably aren't smart enough to have learned a lesson by the small fine.

          • Animal posted at 7:09 pm on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

            Animal Posts: 1

            I think the fine should have been $500. each with community service. All animals are slow and is constantly searching for food and water in the wild to survive. Test the 2 boys. Take them out in the snow knee deep and run them for 3 miles hard. When they stop let them rest without water and see how they respond. Let them think about it for 24 hours and run them again. I hunt, I fish and I respect wildlife. When the day comes when you can witness an animal loosing its battle from the element, you will see all life is important.

          • DJJackson posted at 3:51 pm on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

            DJJackson Posts: 737

            As I said in an earlier post, what were the guys intent, I don't believe they intended to harass or molest a moose, or any other wildlife, heck based on this little snippet of video, I should get a camera an start running around the valley filming drivers and set up a website called dumb drivers dot com and start highlighting some of those posting here!

            Learning experience?, Yes, situation worth of a fine? No. Some of the key things I would bring up, if I were defending this case, neither subject in this video can be identified 100% without doubt, there is really no exact way to tell the point of where this occurred, did it even happen this year? and does this video show with 100% certainty, The intent was formed to harass wildlife?

          • Chewy posted at 2:06 pm on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

            Chewy Posts: 66

            Wow, I'm surprised at how many people don't know the meaning of the word 'molest'. Our education system has failed you folks.

            I'm glad the kid got cited. Chasing that moose was incredibly stupid. If that moose had run a little further he would have come to the area above the 'elevators'. There are often dozens of people hanging out there and these kids were putting them all at risk. Hopefully more people will learn from the mistake these kids made.

          • A in Pa posted at 1:03 pm on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

            A in Pa Posts: 1

            So bogus, how is someone supposed to control what a moose will do.

            If he stopped snowboarding what's to say the moose wouldn't have attacked him?

            Is there a SOP as to what someone on a snowboard is supposed to do when a moose is encounted on a snowboarding trail?

            So what the moose ran.... Is there any indication that these guys ever set out to harass an animal.

            How is it that it's OK to hunt and kill these animals but accidently coming across one that is startled by your presence and runs is fineable offense?

            so they are being fined for recording the event?

          • Partyer posted at 12:57 pm on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

            Partyer Posts: 685

            Other than the obvious lesson about "molesting" wildlife another would be to think carefully about what you post on Facebook, and when you do post it, realize it will be judged in how you portray it. I think just deleting the audio might have helped this one. As far as the fine, I suspect young Charlie is laughing at that as well.
            Good lesson here. I already discussed it with my kids, hope everyone will.

          • sandy okole posted at 12:27 pm on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

            sandy okole Posts: 6

            Perhaps I should file "molestation" charges against the Forest Circus because of their employee who harassed me at a dispersed camping site? What's good for the goose should be good for the gander.

          • DJJackson posted at 10:13 am on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

            DJJackson Posts: 737

            Perhaps it is time, we start setting up the traffic cameras and fining those who chase wildlife down the road with their cars. I see this every single day here in the Flathead.

          • travelinmt posted at 9:27 am on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

            travelinmt Posts: 2

            Saw the video, and it's not very smart of these kids to chase a moose. For those of you that don't know the definition of "molest", you may want to look up the definition. It Or, here is the definition for you!

            pester or harass (someone), typically in an aggressive or persistent manner.
            "the crowd was shouting abuse and molesting the two police officers"

            synonyms: harass, harry, hassle, pester, bother, annoy
            If a dog can get in trouble for chasing a moose, the young men should also! Not enough of a fine for him in my opinion!!

          • michael posted at 9:06 am on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

            michael Posts: 540

            Good job Forest Service. Glad to see this.

          • rooter posted at 8:29 am on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

            rooter Posts: 173

            Molested? The only one who got screwed here was Charlie Rush[beam]

            Does not the MT Fun and Gam oops MT Fish and Game not harass bears to make them move along? These young men were doing the exact same thing.

          • 2secondhands posted at 8:03 am on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

            2secondhands Posts: 30

            Is it called molestation when the forest service shoots an animal with a rubber bullet to haze it away from people or lets their bear dogs chase a bear or how about using your vehicles to herd an animal away from town. Sounds like the forest service didn't have anything to do that day and needed some paper work to do.

          • montananurse posted at 8:03 am on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

            montananurse Posts: 48

            I must have seen a different clip. The one I saw showed someone laughing hysterically while a scared moose was running away from its tormentor. It did not look to me like he was trying to catch the moose so he, the skier, could have sex with the moose, easy. He could have just let the moose run away before he finished his run.

          • kalispelldude posted at 7:41 am on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

            kalispelldude Posts: 220

            Forest Service...you should be ashamed of yourselves. No molesting or harassing of the moose occurred.

          • montanaeasy56 posted at 7:07 am on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

            montanaeasy56 Posts: 234

            Didn't look to me that they got close enough to "molest" the moose. I hope we aren't seeing a transition from harassment to molestation whenever someone interacts with wildlife from a distance. I suspect bestiality carries more of a fine that just harassment.

          • Montana Native 420 posted at 11:16 pm on Mon, Jan 6, 2014.

            Montana Native 420 Posts: 209

            I didn't see anywhere in the video where they molested any wild animals.


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