Family stomped by mother moose in Kincaid Park
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is warning people to be extremely careful around moose after a family was stomped in Kincaid Park. Wildlife biologist Dave Battle said it happened Monday afternoon about a quarter-mile from the Raspberry Road parking lot.
Battle said a husband, wife and their daughter were walking on the Middle Earth Trail, a single-track trail that is popular with bikers, when they encountered the mother moose that charged them. According to Battle, the moose stomped both the woman and their daughter. Battle said the husband responded by shooting the moose.
"He had a 9 mm handgun and shot the moose several times and it apparently went down," Battle said. "We expected to find it laying there dead when we went in to find it, because they had left the scene. We got in there and [there was] no moose around."
Battle said they tracked the moose but were unable to find it. He's been looking for it since Monday with no luck and said he didn't plan to search further.
Battle doesn't believe the family was seriously injured. To his knowledge, they didn't seek medical care. But Battle said this time of year any encounters with moose can be extremely dangerous, especially if they have calves.
"Right now is the worst time for cows with new born calves because the little baby calves right now they can't really escape from predators. So the cow's strategy is to stand her ground and try to stomp you into the dirt if you get too close."
Last Friday, an Eagle River man was stomped on a neighborhood trail. Taylor Caldwell was still in the hospital Thursday morning recovering from broken bones and deep gashes.
Battle recommends people avoid single-track trails for the next several week or any trail with dense brush where it's easy to startle wildlife. He said people should turn back if they see a moose ahead, but if the moose charges, the best thing a person can do is run.
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