Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Hailey woman injured by charging moose

Express Staff Writer

Moose have been highly visible in the Wood River Valley in recent weeks Photo by Mountain Express

The presence of abundant wildlife is one of the many great characteristics of the Wood River Valley, but it doesn't come without dangers.

Hailey resident Lolo Garcia reported last week that she broke her right forearm after being knocked to the ground by a bull moose while hiking in the East Fork area south of Ketchum on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Garcia said she was walking with her husband, Manny, and their four dogs along the south side of the East Fork of the Big Wood River near Pioneer Mountain Drive around 9:30 a.m. when one of their dogs started barking in the direction of a large willow bush.

Garcia and her husband confronted the moose behind the bush. The moose charged down the trail, hitting Garcia in the back of her right shoulder as she ran in the opposite direction attempting to get out of harm's way, she said. The impact threw her to the ground, still frozen from the previous night, and broke her arm, she said.

"I guess the moose just didn't want to be disturbed," Garcia said, adding that she hopes her story will serve as a caution to other people taking to the trails this autumn.

Garcia had surgery on her arm the following Tuesday and said that the injury is healing well.

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