People couldn’t believe their eyes when they watched the video posted to YouTube in June 2015.
It showed a group of people in a motorboat closely following a moose swimming in a lake, later identified as Tuchodi Lakes in the Northern Rocky Mountains in British Columbia, Canada.
But this was the part that got people riled up: One of the men jumped from the boat onto the moose’s back and rode the animal like he was on a rodeo bull, at one point even jubilantly throwing his arm up into the air.
The people in the boat hollered and laughed as their shirtless buddy rode the moose for at least 10 seconds before falling off.
“I’ve never seen something so awesome,” a man in the boat was heard saying.
The video, posted to the B.C.-based Wolftracker TV YouTube channel, has been watched more than two million times.
People contacted Canadian conservation officials with leads on the men’s identities. People from as far away as New York called, concerned with what they saw in the video.
Last week, a year after the investigation began, the Conservation Officer Service of British Columbia announced it has identified two of the men in the video, which they believe was recorded in the summer of 2014.
Bradley Crook and Jaysun Pinkerton face three criminal charges under the Wildlife Act, according to Field and Stream.
CTV News Vancouver reports that the men have been charged with harassing wildlife with the use of a boat, attempting to capture wildlife, and hunting big game that is swimming. They are scheduled to appear in court on August 8.
“Surprised he didn’t just turn around and take a bite out of the guy, if it were on land it would be a different story,” said one person on Reddit, where news of the charges has circulated.