LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Two women remained hospitalized after being attacked by a moose while they were walking their dogs, CBS Denver reported Tuesday.
The two friends were walking their dogs on Sunday when the animal charged them in the Forest Hills subdivision in Gilpin County, north of the small city of Black Hawk.
Ellen Divis, 57, was in fair condition in the intensive care unit at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood.
Jacqueline Boron, 50, told reporters in a news conference Monday at the hospital she has 10 staples in her head, 15 stitches in her leg, four broken ribs and bruises all over her body.
"I'm sore all over now. My muscles and joints hurt," Boron said.
Boron said she and Divis were walking their two dogs behind their houses when they found themselves face to face with a moose.
"All of a sudden, I looked up and he was looking right at me, grunted and then charged ... with his head down. When his head was down he got me in the chest and that threw me back," Boron said
She said she tried to get up, but the moose kept attacking.
"When I fell back, he got me here," Boron said, indicating her bicep. "And when I curled up forward ... that's when he got me on the head."
She says the moose came at her two or three times before she was able to get to a tree and hide. The moose eventually ran off.
Both dogs ran off during the attack. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials believe the dogs may have spooked the moose.
"Their natural predators are wolves. When they see dogs, they pretty much think wolves," said Jennifer Churchill, with the Colorado Division of Wildlife.
Wildlife officials say hiding by the tree is likely what saved Boron's life. They are warning everyone to be aware while walking in wildland areas.