GRAND LAKE, Co. -- The woman who was attacked by a moose near Grand Lake on
Wednesday is still recovering in the hospital. Colorado Parks and
Wildlife says the incident could have been prevented, had the woman
listened to her friend.
Parks and Wildlife says the woman went to her friend's home to pick
up her dog. According to Parks and Wildlife, the woman's friend urged
her to wait since there was a mother Moose and her calf nearby.
Officials say the woman didn't listen and instead walked her large
dog within ten feet of the moose. The moose charged the woman and ran
"Moose view dogs as a predator. They don't know the difference between
your dog and their natural predator of a wolf so they respond
predictably and protect themselves as well as their newborn calves,"
said Scott Murdoch, with Colorado Parks & Wildlife.
With Colorado's moose population on the rise, Parks and Wildlife says
expect to see more of the animals in certain areas like Summit and
If you encounter a moose, you shouldn't get too close. If for some
reason one starts charging at you, run as fast as you can and try to put
a barrier between yourself and the animal. The woman injured Wednesday
didn't have time. Colorado Parks and Wildlife had to put down the mother
moose and her calf.
"It's not really fair to the moose but obviously for public safety it's something we have to do," Murdoch said.
View moose from a safe spot and by all means never bring your dog
near one. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says that info will help save your
life and the moose as well.