BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. — A young bull moose knocked down and trampled a woman Saturday when the woman tried to guide the animal away from a vehicle near her home, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW).
The incident happened about 6 p.m. Saturday, said a CPW spokesperson. The woman, in her 50s, was taken to a hospital with injuries, and the moose was euthanized.
The woman told CPW that she saw a vehicle she didn't recognize drive onto her street at the same time the moose was in the area. She went outside her house to guide or shoo the moose away to let the vehicle pass. That's when the moose knocked her down and trampled her.
"Unfortunately, the victim felt too comfortable and got too close," said Lyle Sidener, CPW area wildlife manager, in a press release. "Moose look like big friendly critters, but they are tolerant only to a point."
CPW wildlife managers later found two moose in the area, according to the spokesperson. Based on information they got from the victim, they determined which moose had attacked her - a young bull without antlers - and euthanized the animal.
It's CPW policy to put down any animal that injures a person, the spokesperson said. He added that people should avoid putting themselves in close contact with animals, and that the best advice is to stay away.
The investigation is continuing, according to the spokesperson.
This is the second incident involving a moose encounter in Breckenridge this month. In early March, a woman was cited for harassing a moose that was in the downtown area. CPW relocated the moose a few days later, when visitors to the town wouldn't leave it alone.
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