“This likely was an incident of a cow protecting her calves,” officials say of the elderly woman and her severe injuries after the moose attack.
In Glenwood Springs, Colorado, a 79-year-old woman is still recovering in the hospital after becoming the victim of a moose attack. The cow assaulted the woman in the yard outside of a rural home around 9 p.m. on Friday, August 13. During the attack, the cow was observed repeatedly stomping on the victim.
In the week since, the victim has been recovering after suffering severe injuries. She was first life-flighted to a local hospital, then transported by helicopter to a Front Range facility due to the extent of her injuries, reports Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) in their press release.
“The incident occurred in an area of quality moose habitat and it is known that the moose frequent this area year-round,” clarifies Area Wildlife Manager Matt Yamashita in CPW’s statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the woman. This incident was no fault of her own. Conflicts with moose can happen, even when you follow best practices for living in moose habitat.”
According to CPW’s full report, the 79-year-old woman was dog sitting for one of the house’s residents. Earlier on that Friday the 13th, she had seen an adult female (cow) moose and her two calves in the yard. She would wait for the cow to leave, then take the dog out onto a leash in the yard.
But the moose family was still present – just out of sight. The attack occurred shortly after, with another of the house’s residents rushing outside to find the cow stomping the victim into the ground.
Moose Attacks Warrant Immense Caution & Respect
“This likely was an incident of a cow protecting her calves,” Yamashita continues of the incident.
To help prevent further moose attacks, Yamashita says “Since Friday night we have been talking with the local residents to educate them about living in moose habitat, the potential dangers associated with interacting with moose and actions they can take…”
Through this, he and fellow officials hope “to minimize the risk of conflict”. The cow and her calves call the area home, so caution is paramount.
CPW wildlife officials continue to search the area for the assailant moose. No decisions or further insight are being shared at this time. Local residents report multiple cows with calves in the Glenwood Springs area, so a positive ID is a tricky subject. To do so, more evidence is required.
Thankfully, the CPW has an excellent video illustrating how citizens can remain responsible around moose. To avoid conflict and keep safe, give the reel a watch below:
The CPW’s Living With Moose page is another great source of information. Stay safe out there, Outsiders!