By Jimmy Orr, Cowboy State Daily
An archery hunter suffered life-threatening injuries inflicted by a moose on Tuesday after the animal gored and trampled him in a remote area about 70 miles west of Fort Collins, Colorado.
Colorado wildlife authorities said the attack happened after the hunter unsuccessfully attempted to shoot the animal.
“The hunter told our deputy he had been bow hunting and shot at a bull moose but missed, and it subsequently charged and gored him,” said Jenevieve Kramer, a spokesperson for the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.
Kramer said the severity of the injuries required an emergency evacuation by an air ambulance which took him to a local hospital.
The hunter was able to activate an SOS signal on his GPS device which let authorities know of the emergency.
Kramer said the victim told the sheriff’s office that hunters found him as he attempted to hike out of the area.
That’s where one of the hunters applied a tourniquet, which the sheriff’s office called a “life-saving maneuver.”
“He was in very bad shape,” Kramer told the media.
Information about the hunter’s current condition is unavailable.
Wyoming wildlife authorities say moose are one of the most dangerous animals in North America.
Earlier this year, a snowmobiler in Canada attempted to pet a moose and was subsequently stomped repeatedly.
The snowmobiler suffered multiple broken bones and was hospitalized for more than a week after the incident.