Man Attacked By Moose Dies

Heckert Was Former Mayor Of Grand Lake

The 92-year-old man who was attacked by a moose while walking to church in Grand Lake late last month has died.

Louis Heckert, Grand Lake's former mayor, died Wednesday. Heckert was rushed to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver after the attack on March 26 and later received hospice care.

Wildlife authorities say the moose that attacked Heckert was injured and was euthanized. It was not known why the moose attacked Heckert but the moose had serious injuries from some previous accident, which could have contributed to his behavior, officials said. The moose had five broken ribs on his right side -- one which punctured its chest cavity -- and several separated vertebrae.

His family released a statement, expressing their appreciation for people's kindness, prayers and support, and thanking St. Anthony Central Hospital and Lutheran Hospice for the compassionate care extended to their father.

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