GILPEN COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Two women had to be hospitalized after being attacked by a moose near Black Hawk Sunday morning.
The two friends were walking their dogs when a cow-moose charged them in the Forest Hills subdivision in Gilpin County.
Ellen Divis, 57, and Jacqueline Boron, 50, were still at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood Monday evening in fair condition.
“She’s all freaked out. She said, ‘My friend just got trampled,’ ” the roommate of one of the victims said. “They were walking and she said she looked up and he was charging out of the blue.”
The man said the moose ran into his roommate first and began stomping.
“The other gal has cuts and stitches and broken bones,” he said. “The dogs took off.”
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife the dogs may have prompted the moose to fight.
“Their natural predator are wolves, and so when they see dogs they pretty much think wolves,” Jennifer Churchill with Parks and Wildlife said.
The moose population has been growing in Gilpin County.