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Viral Video Earns Fine

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A 21-year-old snow boarder is slapped with a $225 fine for harassing wildlife after a video of him chasing a moose went viral.

This video was taken at Whitefish Mountain Resort and shows Charlie Rush chasing a moose down the slope.

Originally posted on Hunter Lamoureux's Facebook page on December 19, the video has since clocked thousands of likes and even gained national news attention, but Flathead National Forest spokesman Wade Muehlhof says officials chose to fine rush to set an example, as moose are known to be aggressive.

Rather than harass moose, Muehlhof says people should be patient and even try to make noise to get the animal to move on its own.

"Not only did the snow boarder put himself in danger, but also put the moose in danger. This time of year, during the winter, food is harder to come by," explained Muehlhof.

Muehlhof says the Flathead National Forest will not do anything else about the video and FWP officials have not pressed any charges.

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