Elderly woman seriously injured in Colorado moose attack

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An elderly woman is recovering after she was attacked by a cow moose outside a home in western Colorado.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say the woman was taking a dog out on a leash when she was attacked outside a home south of Glenwood Springs on Friday night. The area is known for its moose habitat and is frequented by the ungulates year-round.

Wildlife officials believe the attack likely happened because the cow moose was protecting her calves.

The 79-year-old woman was taken to the hospital by medical helicopter because of her severe injuries, according to the Denver Post.

On Thursday, Colorado Parks and Wildlife put out tips on coexisting with animals, including moose. Moose mating season runs September through October.

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