According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, a cow moose that was disturbed by a lady walking her dog on a woodland trail in the Colorado Rocky Mountains on Wednesday charged at the hiker, headbutting and stomping on her before she managed to flee back down the trail.

The woman was taken to a hospital, according to the authorities, but they chose not to disclose her injuries or condition. They said that the moose had “several times” stepped on the dog, who only had minor wounds.

The moose attack, which took place just west of Boulder, was the third in Boulder County this year, according to Kara Van Hoose, a Colorado Parks and Wildlife representative. Deathly occurrences, she added, are uncommon.

According to Hoose, the animals frequently attack dogs because they view them as a threat. Additionally, they become more hostile during the rut, or mating season, which has recently started in Colorado.

“A moose will react to a dog if it perceives it as a threat, and that’s normal for a moose,” she said.

Despite being unable to locate the moose, wildlife officers nonetheless put up posters alerting trekkers to the possibly dangerous animal. Without DNA, it might be challenging to identify the precise moose that charged, according to Hoose.

Staying safe around moose is crucial, as these massive animals can be unpredictable and potentially dangerous. Here’s a list of 10 important guidelines to follow:

  1. Maintain Distance: Keep at least 50 feet (15 meters) away from moose. They can charge if they feel threatened.
  2. Observe from Afar: Use binoculars or a camera with a zoom lens to get a closer look without getting too close.
  3. Keep Quiet: Avoid making loud noises or sudden movements, which can startle moose.
  4. Leash Pets: Keep dogs on a leash, as moose may see them as a threat.
  5. Don’t Approach Calves: Never approach moose calves, as their mothers are highly protective.
  6. Yield the Right of Way: If you encounter a moose on a trail, give it space and wait for it to move off the path.
  7. Avoid Rutting Season: Be cautious during the moose rutting season (fall), as males can be more aggressive.
  8. No Flash Photography: Flash photography can agitate moose, so refrain from using it.
  9. Stay in Your Vehicle: If you encounter a moose on the road, stay in your vehicle and wait for it to move away.
  10. Stay Vigilant at Dusk and Dawn: Moose are more active during these times, so be extra cautious when driving.

Remember that moose are wild animals, and their behavior can be unpredictable. Respecting their space and following these guidelines will help ensure your safety and the well-being of these majestic creatures.