Calving Season Causes Moose Attacks
Chloe Metzger, 6, was playing on a swing set in her backyard with a neighborhood friend when a moose charged
EAGLE RIVER - Chloe Metzger, 6, was playing on a swing set in her backyard with a neighborhood friend when the moose charged.
“The moose charged, and got tangled up in the swing set and started stomping on the six–year-old," said the responding Department of Fish and Game biologist David Battle.
“The moose might've just been right in the wood line there, and the girls started swinging and something about the swing set action could've set it off,” said Battle.
Metzger was taken to Providence Hospital with a broken collarbone. Her condition on Tuesday evening was described as “fair.”
Metzger’s 11-year-old friend Kelsey Lauren sustained a minor head injury when the swing set fell on her.
Anchorage will be home to many more calves over the next two months, as calving season is underway.
Wildlife biologists say the attack on Metzger could’ve been a defensive attack from a cow defending its young, but no calf was ever spotted.
“We don't know what happened to this moose two minutes before this situation happened. It could’ve been chased by dogs, it could’ve been any number of things that got the moose agitated,” said Battle.
There were two other moose attacks on Memorial Day; both incidents happened on the trails near Rabbit Creek Elementary. No one was seriously injured.