Moose charges and gore bow hunter in Colorado, deputies say

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A bull moose (not the one pictured) gored a bow hunter in Colorado, deputies said.

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A bow hunter fired at a moose and missed, so the moose gored him, Colorado deputies said.

The man was seriously injured after a moose turned and charged at him on Tuesday, Sept. 13, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said.

“The hunter told our deputy that he had hunted with a bow and shot a bull moose but missed, and then charged and gored it,” the deputies said in a press release from the September 14.

The man sent an SOS signal from a GPS device and said he had been “seriously injured by an animal”, deputies said.

Deputies rushed to help the man and administered first aid. They placed a tourniquet on his arm until paramedics arrived.

The hunter was taken to hospital in an air ambulance due to the “life-threatening severity” of his injuries, deputies said.

Authorities have not released the man’s name or current condition.

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Moose are protective animals and will defend their territory and their young.

If someone encounters a moose, they should give it space to leave, wildlife officials said. People should not try to scramble a moose to get away.

“Although encounters between moose and humans are fairly common, moose cause few problems,” wildlife officials said on their website. “However, moose have ‘tree’ people who have approached them too closely, killed or injured pets or livestock, and chased people away from the territories they defend.”

Wildlife officials said people should do the following if a moose charges:

  • run away quickly

  • Place a tree, rock or other large object between them and the moose

  • Get up quickly if you are knocked down. In case of injury, consult a doctor

  • Report the incident to wildlife officers as soon as possible

Maddie Capron is a real-time McClatchy reporter specializing in the outdoors and wildlife in the western United States. She graduated from Ohio University and previously worked at CNN, the Idaho Statesman and the Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism.

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