Moose Euthanized After Attacking Colorado Woman Who Tried to Move It Away From Street Outside Her Home

A woman in her 50s was taken to hospital in Colorado yesterday after being attacked by a moose that she attempted to guide away from the street outside her home.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) said the victim had tried to move the animal from the street so a car could pass just prior to the incident, which occurred in front of her Breckenridge property at about 6 p.m. Saturday. The woman was knocked down and trampled by the young bull moose.

"Unfortunately, the victim felt too comfortable and got too close," said CPW area manager Lyle Sidener. "Moose look like big friendly critters but they are tolerant only to a point."

"The victim believed she was being a good neighbor in trying to lead the young bull moose away from the street," the CPW said in a media release about the incident posted online.

The woman, who has not been named, was taken to hospital following the encounter. She suffered broken bones during the attack, local news outlet CBS Denver reported.

The seemingly aggressive young bull moose was euthanized by wildlife officers and its carcass was donated so the meat could be used as food, CPW public information officer Randy Hampton told The Denver Post newspaper.

Hampton said: "Anytime we have a situation where an animal shows aggression and injures a person the policy is that animal is put down. When they become aggressive toward people, most of the research shows it is likely to happen again." He noted the case is still being investigated.

According to 9News Denver, wildlife officials found two moose in the area close to the woman's home and the young bull was identified because it didn't have antlers. It was then shot dead.

Colorado officials said a separate Breckenridge woman was cited earlier in March after "harassing" a moose that was in the downtown area. The animal had to be relocated a few days later after visitors to the area refused to leave it alone and the animal showed signs of irritation, they noted.

The CPW says species like moose, elk and deer move closer to populated towns during the winter as they offer more shelter from wind and show, but this can result in a rise in conflicts.

It explains in a fact-sheet on its website: "Moose have very few natural enemies in the wild and, as a result, do not fear humans as much as most other big game species.

"Moose tolerate humans longer and at closer distances. They are extremely curious and often will approach humans or houses, and even will look into windows.

The CPW website description continues: "Some bulls have taken over pastures and injured or killed livestock while defending their territories. Moose have also taken over feed yards and haystacks and will defend them from any and all intruders, whether they're livestock or human. These formidable beasts need their space and must be given command and respect when observed in the wild."

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A bull moose stands on an island of the Vaasa Archipelago (Merenkurkku-Kvarken), on July 28, 2018. A woman in her 50s was taken to hospital in Colorado on March 29 after being attacked by a young bull moose that she attempted to guide away from outside her home. OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty