Colorado Moose Attack Hospitalizes Two Women After Animal Charges

Tuesday, 20 May 2014 01:58 PM

By Michael Mullins

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A Colorado moose attack on Sunday has left two women hospitalized. The moose attack victims were reportedly hiking with their dogs near Black Hawk, Colorado, when the animal charged at them without warning.

"All of a sudden he looked at me grunted and then charged," 50-year-old Jackqueline Boron told KDVR FOX31 Denver.

"When I fell back, he got me [on my arm], and then when I curled up forward, that's when he got me on the head," Boron added. The woman sustained four broken ribs, 15 stitches, and had to have her head stapled, Fox News reported.

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"I tried to get up and he kept coming back to stomp on me," Boron continued.


Hearing the screams, neighbor Chris Hockley ran out where he says he was confronted by two bloody women running toward him.

"I heard, help me, help me," Hockley told KDVR. "This lady comes running up . . . and she's covered in blood all over the arms and she's got some on her chest. 'He's still hurting her, he's still hurting her,' she was saying."

Boron's friend, who was not identified, was also trampled in the moose attack.

"[The moose] kept coming back and stomping on me," the friend told reporters.

Gilpin County Sheriff's Office issued an immediate warning following the attack.

"If you encounter a moose, walk away from it — DO NOT walk towards it; moose are agitated by dogs; make sure your dog is on a leash, control the dog(s) and walk away," the warning said, CNN noted.

While Boron says she plans on hiking again in the future, she says she learned her lesson regarding moose encounters.

"Don't hike [when] you know . . . there's moose out there," she said.

According to the Glacier National Park Travel Guide, "Wild moose are more dangerous than grizzly bears."

Weighing upwards of 1,500 pounds, moose will attack people when they feel threatened, with a charging moose being "the same as being hit by a car!" according to the site.

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