Photos: Female moose attack in town where male was seen mounting a moose statue

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Big photos below.
On Monday, we shared photos of a moose in Grand Lake mounting a moose statue -- and the hilarious Facebook comments generated by the images; see them below.

This incident may not have struck another Grand Lake moose as especially funny, though. The next day, a female moose seriously injured a woman walking near her, prompting a sad ending for the animal and its calf and inspiring a warning from the state's wildlife service.

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the woman, age sixty, was walking her dog in a Grand Lake neighborhood along County Road 4721 when she came within ten feet or so of a cow moose and her calf.

The cow moose then charged the woman and knocked her down -- hard. She was taken to Granby Medical Center, where it was determined she needed more extensive medical care. At that point, she was transported to St. Anthony's in Lakewood.

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After the attack, both the cow moose and its calf were euthanized due to what CPW describes as "an abundance of caution for human health and safety."

Was the cow moose frustrated that her male counterpart was bestowing his seed upon a statue instead of her? Wildlife officials say no. Rather, the response was likely as a result of calving season, when cow moose are known to aggressively protect their young from perceived dangers.

Moreover, the CPW stresses that moose aren't able to differentiate between dogs and wolves -- their natural predator -- and may react by stomping pets to death. And if the pooch runs back to its owner for protection, the action may put the person in danger, too.

For these reasons and more, wildlife officials encourage people to keep their dogs on leashes when they're in the vicinity of moose, and to keep their distance whether strolling past, sight-seeing or taking photos.

"We have heard reports of people coming as close as twenty feet to take a picture of this bull," says Area Wildlife Manager Lyle Sidener of Hot Sulphur Springs in a statement for CPW. "Many people see it as a curiosity. However, we caution the public to give it plenty of space or it may feel threatened and could react."

The person who snapped the moose-on-moose-statue action shots got away without a problem -- but obviously, the camera's subject was otherwise occupied.

Here are the original photos, accompanied by comments left on 9News' Facebook page.

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You find the love of your life and she's just not interested

What a smart moose! Standing on that statue to see over the fence! Wait, what?....oh.....nevermind.

Lookin for love in all the wrong places!!

Silence is not consent.....

Aww poor guy hopefully he figures it out and heads back into the woods to find him a real babe!

Continue to see more Facebook reactions to 9News' photos of moose-on-moose-statue action.


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Amelia Ebert
Amelia Ebert

Liz I saw two last year with my dog and they did not run either. They did not attack. Turn around and walk away slowly. I have seen some very stupid people on trails. Years ago I saw a guy get within 5 feet of a bull moose and antagonize it for a good picture. I should of filmed this event. It amazed me the animal did not attack. So sad. These animals are dangerous and need a lot of space.

Louise Bennett
Louise Bennett

They should not have put down the mother & baby. The territory belongs to the moose not the woman. She moved in on their territory.

jessiehawk13
jessiehawk13

She shouldn't have come within ten feet in the first place, ESPECIALLY since the moose had a baby. It's really sad that common sense isn't too common.

Dagmar Baumann Toney
Dagmar Baumann Toney

Now that is sad, she was just protecting her baby. I feel for the woman I hope she is going to be alright. All around, pretty sad.

Nicole N'aipaspeur
Nicole N'aipaspeur

Euthanize the moose because they are doing what comes natural??!!! What a joke! Well, I guess the human is just doing what comes natural, too: killing. Ridiculous!

Elizabeth Kurtak
Elizabeth Kurtak

I live near Grand Lake, and they are frickin' everywhere. I have encountered them on trails and my policy is to turn and run. They are not like deer or elk. They don't seem to fear humans. I have never had one run from me, or even act startled.

Leanne L Whitehurst
Leanne L Whitehurst

It's not the moose's fault that this idiotic woman came within 10 feet of the moose and calf...how sad they euthanized them. Anyone with an inkling of common sense should know NEVER to get near any animal with young ones.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... infidelity spawns no reward.

Annie Beechum
Annie Beechum

I wish someone would report if she purposely got that close to the animals or if she just happened upon them by accident after turning a corner or something. And what happened to the dog?!

Cindie Marren
Cindie Marren

That woman deserved what she got. It angers me to no end when a wild animal has to be put down because some idiot got too close to it's baby.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Amelia Ebert Very interesting post, Amelia. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Louise Bennett I'm sure a lot of people share your view, Louise. Thanks for posting.

1hunterado
1hunterado

@Louise Bennett

Well Louise, In 1978 the DOW (now CPW) arranged for the first transplant of 12 moose to Colorado’s North Park region near Walden. These initial moose came from Utah, and  in 1987 a transplant of 12 moose from Wyoming helped establish a strong population as well. So you see Louise, this wasn't really Moose territory. Growing up in Colorado, we never had any Moose in Colorado other than a few cornhusker cheerleaders in town for a football game.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Dagmar Baumann Toney Agreed, Dagmar. Thanks for the post.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Nicole N'aipaspeur Strongly worded, Nicole. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Elizabeth Kurtak Interesting, Elizabeth. Thanks for the post.

amelia4dpow
amelia4dpow

@Leanne L Whitehurst   She may of not seen it.  Last summer I unintentionally walked up close on 2 different moose at different times.  One of them  probably was within 10 feet.  I was not expecting him and did not notice until I was too close.  He was in an aspen grove right off the trail.  Thankfully he did not react and I was able to walk away.  The other one was in heavy brush and right off the trail.  I still don't think the moose should of  been killed for this.

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