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Woman injured in surprise encounter with moose in Montana

April 12, 2021 GMT

VIRGINIA CITY, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials say a woman was injured over the weekend when she was knocked to the ground in a surprise encounter with a moose.

The 66-year-old woman broke her wrist when the cow moose charged at her from a patch of willow trees and struck her as she was walking her dog in Virginia City on Friday, said Morgan Jacobson with Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks.

The woman told a game warden that the moose was accompanied by a yearling calf. It was unclear if the woman was injured when the moose contacted her or when she struck the ground, Jacobson said.

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State officials say moose can be defensive and dangerous in surprise encounters, particularly if they are with a calf. They advise anyone charged by a moose to take cover behind a tree or other solid object.

A cow moose can weigh up to 800 pounds (363 kilograms) and a bull moose up to 1200 pounds (544 kilograms).