Maine wildlife biologists oversaw a successful moose-capture project in western Maine earlier this month, but the effort didn’t go entirely as planned.

One baby moose apparently didn’t appreciate being netted and lashed out at a member of the crew after it was released.

Wes Livingston, a contract worker for Aero Tech, the New Mexico-based company that conducted the helicopter work, ended up on the wrong end of the moose’s hooves.

“You won’t believe I just got my butt kicked by a calf moose,” Livingston says in a video of the encounter, which took place near Jackman, Maine. “You know, they’re pretty tough in Maine.”

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John Holyoke

John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. He spent 28 years working for the BDN, including 19 years as the paper's outdoors columnist or outdoors editor. While...