Moose attack severely injures 79-year-old woman in western Colorado
A 79-year-old woman was severely injured in a moose attack last week near Glenwood Springs while she was walking a dog on a leash.
The attack on the woman, who was dog-sitting, happened Friday night in a rural area south of Glenwood Springs. The woman was taken to a local hospital, then transported by helicopter to a Front Range hospital due to the extent of her injuries, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said in a news release Wednesday.
Agency officials estimate there are about 3,200 moose statewide, a population that has increased after state-led reintroductions began in 1978 with 90 to boost hunting and tourism.
The woman saw an adult female moose and two calves in the yard earlier that day, agency officials said. She waited until she no longer saw the moose, and took the dog out on a leash in the yard, according to officials, who based their report on observations by another resident.
The moose then stomped on the woman.
The attack “was no fault of her own,” CPW area wildlife manager Matt Yamashita said. “Conflicts with moose can happen even when you follow best practices for living in moose habitat.”
Wildlife officers searched over the weekend for the moose and its calves, but did not find them. Moose live in the area year-round.
Other recent moose incidents reported by CPW officials include:
- Aug. 7: A man walking in willows near a lake in Clear Creek County was charged by a bull moose. The man dived behind a tree and escaped injuries as the moose hit the tree.
- May 29: A cow moose with two calves in Steamboat Springs knocked over a man and stomped him. He’d been walking his small dog, which was not on a leash. When the dog barked, he stepped forward to grab the dog just as the moose charged. He suffered minor injuries.
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