A moose charged, headbutted and stomped on a woman walking her dog, Colorado wildlife officials reported.
The woman and her dog surprised a cow moose on the trail, officials said. After the incident, the woman walked to a nearby home.
She was taken to a hospital, officials said. Her dog, which was on a leash, had minor injuries.
Wildlife officers were unable to find the moose and posted warning signs on the trail.
Moose can perceive dogs as a threat and officials warn residents to keep dogs leashed at all times.
Ward is about 50 miles northwest of Denver.
What to know about moose
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 shouldn’t try to haze a moose to move out of the way.
Wildlife officials said people should do the following if a moose charges:
Run away quickly
Put a tree, rock or other large object between them and the moose
Get up quickly if knocked down
Report the incident to wildlife officials as soon as possible