Another woman injured in moose attack near Steamboat
February 13, 2014
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs wildlife officers are investigating another moose attack where a woman was injured while walking her dogs.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife District Wildlife Manager Steve Baumgartner said the incident occurred Thursday morning, but they had not yet spoken with the injured woman.
Baumgartner said they learned about the incident after Yampa Valley Medical Center staff contacted the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.
Based on preliminary information, investigators think the woman was walking her two dogs near her home on Routt County Road 38A. The road is off of C.R. 38, also known as Buffalo Pass Road.
Baumgartner said the moose initially went after the dogs.
“She went to go save her dogs and got stomped,” Baumgartner said.
Baumgartner said he found the moose’s trails, and it appeared the moose had been harassed by a dog during the morning before encountering the woman walking her dogs.
“The moose just had enough,” Baumgartner said.
Encounters involving moose and dogs can be dangerous and even deadly. Moose mistake dogs for wolves, a moose’s only natural predator in this region, according to wildlife officials.
Another woman was injured in the Steamboat area after being attacked by a moose in late September. The woman was walking her dogs on a trail along Fish Creek near The Sanctuary subdivision. Area Wildlife Manager Jim Haskins said at the time that it was the first time he had heard of a person being injured by a moose in this area during his 33 years working for Parks and Wildlife.