Linda Lund was weeding the garden in front of her Boulder County home on June 2, her beloved three-legged pit bull, Paris, sitting across the driveway waiting for chipmunks to emerge from under a large rock when she felt what she describes as "a presence."

It was a moose, the surly overlord of the woods.

"She was literally right there, and she had two babies," Lund said. "I knew I was screwed."

She said the moose ran after Paris — it was initially reported that Paris was barking, but Lund insists her dog never barks — and she saw her dog underneath the large beast, which she said attacked the dog three times.

"I ran," Lund said. "That's when she hoofed me. I was moving so it wasn't full force, but at one point I was under her."

Lund, 64, made it behind two large wooden posts in front of her home, and the moose followed her as is evidenced by the shards of a clay planter that the animal stomped.

She saw Paris — who emerged unscathed after the moose attacked her three times — under the moose's feet, and Lund's screams brought 60-year-old Irene Rickertt out the door of the home they share to see what was happening.

"It all happened so quick," she said. "The baby came right up, and I thought, 'Where there's a baby, there's mom.' I turned and said, 'Oh (expletive).'"


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Rickertt said the moose brought a hoof down on her head — she has the black eye and seven stitches on her forehead as proof — and stomped her again as she backed away.

"She caught both my legs and began stomping," she said. "I remember her hooves coming up and I was like, 'Oh (expletive)."

She dropped to the ground and caught one more hoof in the back before she was able to crawl along a car parked in the driveway. The moose left the area when one of her calves walked away.

"It was cute, needless to say," Rickertt said, adding that the baby moose were about the size of Paris — knee high at most.

A friend took both women to the hospital, and they weren't seriously injured, although Rickertt's legs are still quite sore.

Lund said that it's hard to judge how much time lapsed from start to finish, saying that some parts felt like they took forever, and others seemed to speed by. She added that they aren't holding any grudges against the moose, but she will likely keep more of an eye out while she is outside.

They said a Colorado Parks and Wildlife official said to be careful because a moose might have babies with it and are very protective of their young.

"We know we are in their environment," she said. "We are well aware of where we live."

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