Jacquie Boron says she and her neighbor were enjoying a hike with their two dogs, when a moose attacked them.
LAKEWOOD-- Still in the hospital recovering from several injuries, Jacquie Boron opened up about her Sunday morning run-in with a moose near Black Hawk. The animals can weigh a half-ton or more.
"We were just moseying along, hiking, enjoying our hike, and then all of a sudden, I looked up and he was looking right at me," Boron said
Boron says the moose grunted and immediately charged toward her, hitting her squarely in the chest and knocking her off her feet.
"I knew that they were aggressive and I knew that I should be very careful with them, but I didn't expect them just to charge me," she said.
Boron says the moose repeatedly returned to stomp on her, leaving her with four broken ribs, 15 stitches in her leg and 10 staples in her head.
"He kept coming back for me," Boron said. "I had to get away from him."
Boron said she tried to get away by hiding behind a tree, and then moved from tree to tree until the moose wandered away.
Her neighbor, who was also injured, managed to get away and call for help. Their two dogs ran off as well. State wildlife experts said it's possible the dogs triggered the moose's aggressive behavior.
"They do not like having dogs anywhere near them, so very often they will try and stomp the dog, or will actually follow the dog," said Jennifer Churchill with Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Boron said she won't be hiking around her home any time soon.
"I think I'll stay away from there as long as I know that moose is back there, because they're quiet and they're stealthy and they come up on you," she said. "And you can come up on them so quickly and then they react immediately."
Boron expects to be released from the hospital on Tuesday. Her neighbor, Ellen Marie Divis, is in fair condition in ICU. State wildlife officials said the moose population is growing fast in Colorado. They said if you come across one, you should walk away from it and put something large between the two of you.
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