A man walking his dog on a bike trail came face to face with a moose, Wyoming officials said.
The man saw bull moose about 50 yards on Friday while walking his dog in Wilson, a town about a 20-minute drive from Grand Teton National Park.
“It was reported that his dog was by his side when the bull decided to charge him up and knock him down,” Wyoming Fish and Game said in a press release. “The man was hospitalized for his injuries.
Wyoming wildlife officials did not say what injuries the man suffered after the moose was charged. They did not disclose his current condition.
Conflicts with moose are not common in Wyoming, but they can increase during mating season, wildlife officials said.
“Game and Fish officials are warning people that now is the fall mating season for moose, elk and other ungulates and to give plenty of room for wildlife,” officials said.
Moose are massive animals, weighing between 800 and 1,200 pounds. They can grow up to 6 feet tall, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. They are also “extremely curious” and want to check everything.
Warning signs that a moose is starting to get aggressive include relaxed ears, raised hair on its neck and licking its muzzle, wildlife officials said. Hikers should keep animals away and avoid animals that behave abnormally.
“If a moose displays aggressive behavior or starts charging, run as fast as possible and try to place a large object between you, such as a rock, car, or tree,” wildlife officials said. “Although encounters between moose and humans are quite common, moose cause few problems. “