SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado (KDVR) – A dog died after being trampled by a moose he encountered on a Colorado trail on Saturday.
According to the Summit County Rescue Group, the dog, an 11-year-old bearded collie named Arlo, beat his owners on the Masontown Trail in Frisco and encountered three moose. When Arlo tried to return to his owners, one of the moose stomped on him.
The dog’s owners, who did not want to be identified, called it an “abnormal event” and said they were devastated.
“He was a lovely dog. He had a very good disposition, ”said the Arlo owner. “It’s like seeing your dog or other pet get hit by a car. It was worse.
The rescue team said Arlo was breathing and not reacting when they reached him. The team took him off the trail and the dog’s owners took him to an animal hospital, where he later died.
“Seeing him go the way he did – actually seeing him – is something that is going to be with us for a while, I think,” the dog owner said.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife reminds nature explorers to be aware of their surroundings and informed about what to do when meeting a moose.
“Many of us go hiking with our dogs. All of us on the team hike with our dogs. We know moose can be dangerous, but something like this really brings them home and inspires people to take care of their safety and the safety of their dogs, ”said Anna Debattiste, of SCRG.
She said it was a good idea to keep your dog on a leash and keep him close, although she said SCRG had also heard of incidents involving moose approaching dogs on a leash.
“You just can’t be too careful with a moose,” Debattiste said.
This is the third dog rescue that SCRG has responded to so far this year.
“Our main goal is to save humans. Having said that, we are all dog lovers and we want to help. We also know that in many cases if we let a person try to take the dog out of the backcountry themselves, it can lead to an injured person who we now have to go and rescue, ”Debattiste said.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife explained that dogs pose a threat to moose.
“When it comes to defending their young, female moose will protect their calves very aggressively, especially in the presence of dogs,” CPW said. “Moose react to dogs as they would wolves, one of their main predators. Moose often attack even the sweetest dog as if it were a wolf.
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