|Moose behaving badly...|
Be wary of moose during calving season, biologists say
6-year-old girl had her clavicle broken by a cow moose Monday.
"Cows are dropping calves all over town right now. If you're walking through a wooded area, you need to be extra vigilant," Coltrane said. "Those cows are so defensive of their little babies. They will literally stand there on the edge of the woods watching you, and if you take one step into their personal bubble, they'll come out hooves flying."
That's exactly what happened to Chloe Metzger outside her Eagle River home Monday. The girl's mother, Julie Metzger, said Chloe and an 11-year-old friend were jumping on a trampoline when they decided they would "go potty" in some bushes nearby.
The girls ran back to the yard with the moose right on their trail, Julie said. The older girl ran and hid in a playhouse with attached swing set, Julie said.
"My daughter didn't make it. I looked out and she was curled in a ball protecting her head," she said. "Everybody was screaming."
The moose stomped on Chloe's back with its two front hooves until Julie's husband, Wade, threw a log at it, she said. It stunned the moose long enough that Chloe was also able to run to the playhouse, and Wade threw a baseball bat at it, Julie said. Unfortunately for the girls, the moose ran into the swing set, became tangled and injured the older girl as well, Julie said. Eventually they were able to scare it away and rushed Chloe to a hospital.