ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Gentle creatures of the north they are not.
Authorities say eight people were hurt in moose attacks in May in Anchorage in an unusual bout of urban animal violence directed at humans.
Wildlife experts say the attacks were likely the result of more people going out into parks as the weather gets warmer couple with a spike in female moose giving birth to calves, making them more protective and territorial.
“People want to get out and about, hiking and biking, playing in the woods and greenbelts. It also is the time when the moose give birth to calves,” Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh told the Alaska Dispatch-News.
Still, eight encounters in a month is high, officials said.
In one of the most severe attacks, a woman was hospitalized with serious injuries on May 22 after she encountered a mother moose with her calves as she walked her dogs through her subdivision.
“The moose attacked her, and came back twice, which is why she was injured so badly,” said Mark McAllister, the subdivision’s manager.
Other cases involved moose charging people and knocking them down, leaving them with bumps and bruises.
Officials have been hanging signs up around Anchorage warning people to be wary of the moose.