BOULDER COUNTY — Officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife say that a woman was hospitalized after she was struck by a moose while hiking in Boulder County on Monday.
At about 4:15 p.m., the 55-year-old woman was hiking with her dogs off their leashes on the Middle St. Vrain Trail near Peaceful Valley. The woman’s dogs apparently ran towards the moose, which was with two calves at the time.
When the woman moved toward the moose to grab her dogs, the moose struck her, knocked her to the ground and kicked her, according to Jennifer Churchill with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
“I’ve spoken with the victim in this unfortunate incident and we certainly hope she is feeling better soon,” said Larry Rogstad, Area Wildlife Manager for Boulder. “It’s important that all recreationists know there is always the potential to encounter moose, as well as bears, elk, and lions in the back country and along Front Range trails.”
The woman was taken to Longmont United Hospital for her injuries and was later released.
Wildlife officers said the moose got away after the incident, and after searching the area on Monday and Tuesday, the moose was nowhere to be found.
Experts say moose have an instinct to stomp their predators in self-defense, especially during the late spring which is calving season.
“Keeping dogs on a leash and keeping your distance from wildlife is essential for the health and safety of all involved,” Rogstad added.
Authorities did not release the woman’s identity.