BUTTE — A local woman faced an angry moose — and broke her wrist in the process — on Little Basin Creek Road, south of Butte, last Sunday.
Regan Dean, state game warden, said the woman was out with her dogs about 9 a.m. when she came face to face with a moose. Details on exactly what happened weren't available, and the victim refused to be interviewed by the newspaper. But, she broke her wrist during the encounter, said Dean.
Dean said the victim did not see a calf, but a calf could have been nearby. When Fish, Wildlife and Parks brought a team to the area on Wednesday, they found a cow moose, an older calf, and a bull moose with another cow moose.
Dean said moose will turn aggressive if they feel threatened.
FWP — at the scene Wednesday — tried tranquilize the moose with a dart and relocate it. But the team couldn’t get close enough.
“They were too spooky; we couldn’t get within range,” said game warden Shane Yaskus.
But the team of game wardens and other FWP workers chased the moose off. Yaskus said the area is rich with moose habitat — water, green grass and willows.
“Water’s the main thing. It’s really marshy; it’s luscious for moose in that area,” said Yaskus.
Dean said moose were in the Little Basin Creek Road area last year. The rural area features open spaces with homes scattered throughout.