Two women walking dogs in Gilpin County attacked by a moose

GILPIN, Colo. - Two women are hospitalized after being attacked by a moose.

Jacquie Boron, 50, said she and her friend, Ellen Marie Divis, 57, were walking their dogs in Gilpin County, near Black Hawk, Sunday around 10 a.m. when they heard a noise behind them and the moose went after them.

"All of a sudden I looked up and he was looking right at me and grunted and then charged, with his head down. He got me in the chest and that threw me back on the ground," said Boron.

She said she tried to get up, but he kept coming back.

"My friend Ellen ran for help and the dogs ran away too," she said. "He knocked me down first and charged me, then circled back and charged her again."

Boron said it It happened in a matter of minutes. 

"I would say five minutes at the most. It's hard to tell when you're just getting trampled," said Boron.

"I'm glued in the face. I have 10 staples in my head and I have 15 stitches in my leg where he had stepped on me and had pulled the skin away," said Boron. "This is where I hike every day."

Neighbors have seen moose in the area, but Boron said she hasn't until now.

Boron's roommate heard screams.

"I heard her yelling. I couldn’t hear what she was saying so I came outside and she was yelling help, call 911," said a roommate. "She looked up and bop, [he] hit her [and] knocked her about 20 feet she thinks. My roommate, she didn’t even know she was hurt, she had a huge contusion on her head."

The roommate said Divis had broken bones, cuts and bruises and stitches.

"It was pretty freaky," he said.

Both women were taken to St. Anthony Central Hospital.

"We did go out looking for the moose but we were unable to locate it," said Jennifer Churchill with Colorado Parks & Wildlife. "A couple of neighbors have told us there’s a lot of moose around -- there’s one with calves as well, so we don’t really want to take just any moose out."

"Moose have no natural predators in Colorado, so the only natural predator they have outside of Colorado is wolves and those are canids, like dogs," she said.

Churchill said about five people have been injured by moose in Colorado in the past two or three years and dogs were involved in most of the situations.

"These ladies weren’t doing anything wrong at all," she said. "It’s unfortunate that they just kind of surprised each other."

She said if you encounter a moose, try to back out of the area and put some distance between you and the moose.

"These animals are very different than our other wildlife," Churchill said. "Without any natural predators they’re really not afraid of us and they have no reason to be."

"I think I'll stay away from there as I long as I know that moose is back there," said Boron. "Don't hike where you know that there's moose out there. It doesn't take much to startle them or get a response out of them."

Boron said their dogs are home now, but her dog is acting weird after the attack.

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