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Woman released from hospital after being attacked by moose

— The woman, who was attacked by a moose Sunday in Steamboat Springs, was released from the hospital Monday.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Tuesday released its report related to the incident. It identified the victim as Katharine “Katie” Hash, of Los Angeles. She was in Steamboat with her husband and visiting her parents, Rich and Ginny Srednicki.

The Srednickis live full-time at the Storm Mountain Ranch neighborhood, which is where the attack took place. The neighborhood, located near the base of Rabbit Ears Pass, is a popular habitat for moose.

Hash and the Srednickis were not immediately available for comment Tuesday.

According to the report, Hash’s injuries included facial fractures and a skull fracture. Bleeding was observed in her brain, and she had a huge bump on her head. As a precaution, she was flown to Denver for more advanced care.

Hash was walking her dogs, but wildlife officials did not think the dogs provoked the moose, causing it to attack. It was believed that something else spooked the moose.

Hash told wildlife officers that she had just sent a text message on her cell phone, was walking on the main ranch road, turned around and saw the moose charging her. She believed the moose head-butted her in the head. Hash said she “lost a few seconds,” got back up and was in a lot of pain.

A Storm Mountain Ranch resident, who herself had been attacked by a moose a year ago, witnessed the attack. She said she was driving down the road, and the moose was trotting in front of her.

Hash and the moose were on opposite sides of the road going the same direction. The witness said the moose “appeared to go out of its way to run Hash over” because it crossed the street and attacked Hash from behind.

The witness did not think the moose saw the dogs, which began chasing the moose after the attack.

Hash said her dogs were in front of her, but then went behind her, and the moose went through her dogs and into her.

Someone took a picture of the moose, and a search ensued. It was identified as a male that had shed its antlers.

After leaving Storm Mountain Ranch, the moose was seen running down Routt County Road 22 and then River Road toward Steamboat. Wildlife officials tracked to moose as it traveled through the hillside and onto Emerald Mountain.

“It appeared that the moose had been traveling quickly and might have only stopped a few times,” the report stated.

Haskins said Tuesday that wildlife officers would have had to kill the moose if they had found it.

“When we have an encounter like that and someone is injured, that’s our policy, to put it down,” Haskins said.

The wildlife officers eventually decided there was a low probability they were going to find the moose, and they stopped searching.

Sunday’s moose attack was the fourth moose attack in the Steamboat Springs area in two years.

Unlike the most recent incident, the other attacks are believed to have been provoked by dogs that moose perceived to be predators.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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