Moose Photo Credit: Geoffrey Reynaud (iStock).

File photo. Photo Credit: Geoffrey Reynaud (iStock).

A moose attack incident is reported to be under investigation at a campground near Nederland on Wednesday morning occurring around 10:30 a.m. This incident coincides with a report of a moose at a Thornton golf course around 9:20 a.m.

Jason Clay, a spokesperson with CPW, said as of 10:30 a.m., he could not confirm if a person or people had been attacked by a moose.

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, springtime is when many birds and mammals around the state give birth, making many species more likely to react in a defensive manner when protecting young. The department specifically recommends avoiding elk, moose, and deer during this time of the year, as these powerful animals may be accompanied by newborn calves or fawns.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife pointed to two confirmed moose attacks in Colorado as examples of the violent behavior that can come with a defensive response.

In one case, a trail runner was trampled by a moose in Breckenridge on May 26. In the other, a Grand Lake woman had a surprise close encounter with a moose that was near her home on May 31, also resulting in trampling as she tried to retreat. Both cases involved a mother moose with nearby young. Though injured, each person survived.

“Cows will be exhibiting normal protective behavior of their young,” said Shannon Schaller, Deputy Regional Manager with CPW’s Northeast region. “Give wildlife extra space this time of year. Be sure to keep dogs on leashes. Dogs can trigger aggressive behavior and both moose and elk will chase a dog right back to their owner, presenting a dangerous situation.”

Wildlife officials recommend using extra caution over the next three to four weeks, making sure that dogs stay on a leash or at home. Moose, along with other cervids, are known to target dogs and can kill them.

Avoid moose by staying away from willows. Never attempt to approach a moose, regardless of how big it is. If a young moose is spotted alone, it likely means the mother is nearby. If the mother isn't nearby, do not worry – leaving the young while foraging is normal behavior and the young animal should never be touched, fed, or approached.

Amid reports of another moose attack in Colorado, it's important to remind Colorado's outdoor recreation community that many animals might be extra feisty this time of the year.

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