GREAT FALLS — A woman sustained minor injuries on Friday in a surprise encounter with a moose in Virginia City, according to a news release from Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks.
The 66-year-old woman was walking her dogs along Cover Street when a cow moose charged at her from a patch of willow trees nearby. The woman suffered a fractured wrist during the encounter.
An FWP game warden assessed the area and talked with the woman, who said the cow moose was accompanied by a yearling calf.
FWP staff will monitor moose activity in this area, but no further management action was planned.
Moose are common in southwest Montana and can be defensive and dangerous in surprise close encounters with people. This is especially true of cow moose with calves.
Keep these precautions in mind to avoid negative encounters with moose:
- Be aware of your surroundings and be especially careful around creeks and in areas with dense brush.
- Travel in groups whenever possible and make casual noise to alert animals to your presence.
- If you encounter a moose, give it lots of space and don’t approach it. Always keep dogs under control.
- If a moose charges or chases you, take cover behind something solid, such as a tree.
- In some situations, bear spray has been known to be an effective defense tool in moose encounters.
A hiker was injured in a similar encounter with a moose in February; click here for details.