PARK CITY — A woman is recovering after an apparent moose attack over the weekend in Summit County.
Two hikers on a trail along Daybreaker Drive near Jeremy Ranch on Sunday afternoon found an injured woman lying on the trail with her dog, according to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
A cow moose and her calf were about 20 feet away, and the mother was acting aggressively, officials said. The hikers got the woman and dog away from the area and called for help.
The woman was taken to an area hospital by ambulance. Her name and the extent of her injuries were unknown Tuesday.
The Summit County Sheriff's Office has not been able to locate the woman and confirm the incident, officials. Though officials haven't yet been able to talk with the woman, the Division of Wildlife Resources believes she was attacked by a moose.
“These are big powerful animals," said Mark Hadley, a department spokesman, "and they're not scared. So if you try to fight back, that's just going to make the moose more agitated and more aggressive, and he's just going to stomp that much more."
DWR officials say it's not all that uncommon to see moose in the area, but such an attack is rare.
State wildlife officials advise those who encounter a moose to give it plenty of space. If the moose seems agitated, don't turn and run, Hadley said. A moose can run as fast as 35 mph, so people can't outrun them, he said.
"Sometimes turning and running will actually make the moose want to pursue," Hadley said.1 comment on this story
What people should do, he said, is "face the moose, try to remain calm, and just slowly walk out of the area," following the same path they took to get there.
If a moose charges, people should try to get behind a tree or other barrier, Hadley said. If a moose knocks a person to the ground, the best defense is to curl up and protect their head, he said. People should remain in that position until the moose decides to leave — and not fight back, state wildlife officials said.
Contributing: Viviane Vo-Duc