Woman stomped by moose at Kincaid Park

mtheriault@adn.comJune 11, 2013 

A woman walking on a popular Kincaid Park trail was stomped by a moose Monday night after she got between the animal and its calf, the Anchorage parks superintendent said.

The woman was walking with her husband on the Mize Loop trail when she found herself between a cow moose and her calf near the Kincaid soccer fields, said city parks superintendent Holly Spoth-Torres.

She was kicked in the head, neck and back, Spoth-Torres said. Bystanders in the area called 911.

Medics arrived at 5:30 p.m., said Anchorage Fire Department spokesman Al Tamagni.

The woman was taken to a local hospital.

She has not been identified as of Monday evening. Her condition is unknown.

No trails have been closed in Kincaid Park, Spoth-Torres said. Signs have been posted warning park users that it is calving season and moose will act aggressively when protecting their young.

The Mize Loop actually isn't a bad trail to walk on during calving season, Spoth-Torres said: It's a wide, multi-use trail that allows for good sight distances. But moose can be unpredictable, she said.

"What we need public to know right now is that all of Anchorage is moose and bear country," she said. "Far North Bicentennial Park and Kincaid are both wild parks, no matter how urban they seem."

It's not clear what will happen to the aggressive moose now.

Biologists from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game couldn't be immediately reached Tuesday evening.

Reach Michelle Theriault Boots at mtheriault@adn.com or 257-4344.

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