ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A cow moose was shot and killed in a Fairbanks residential neighborhood Saturday afternoon after Alaska State Troopers say it trampled a woman, inflicting minor injuries.
A Tuesday AST dispatch says the woman -- 53-year-old Catherine Beck -- called Alaska Wildlife Troopers at about 1 p.m. Saturday to report she had been trampled at her home, on Palo Verde Avenue in an area north of Fairbanks International Airport.
According to AST spokesperson Beth Ipsen, Beck had stepped out of her home and was headed to her car when the agitated moose approached her.
“She left her house and it was right there in her yard, so it attacked her,” Ipsen said.
Beck escaped the moose and got back inside before troopers arrived. She refused treatment by medics, but was later taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital by a friend for a precautionary checkup.
Ipsen says the moose, which appeared to be injured, was killed at the scene by shotgun fire from a wildlife trooper. A local charity arrived to take the carcass away.
“It had a bad hind leg -- we thought it was broken,” Ipsen said. “We don’t know if it was hit by a car or something.”
With spring approaching and moose-human interactions on the rise, Ipsen says moose tend to be more agitated in general this time of year. She suggests following tips posted on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s website on interactions with moose, as well as common sense.
“Definitely steer clear of them,” Ipsen said. “Don’t try to walk up to them and pet them.”