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Husky trampled by moose on Utah hiking trail

Posted at 6:31 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 23:56:09-04

MILLCREEK, Utah — A husky learned a lesson the hard way on a hike to Dog Lake on Sunday: don't mess with a moose.

The dog and its owner were on the Upper Big Water trail in Millcreek Canyon, unaware that a moose was in the area.

The moose apparently got spooked and then trampled the dog. It escaped alive, but with some injuries

Moose sightings are very common along the Wasatch Front and northern Utah.

"Even if it's an off-leash trail, we always recommend keeping your dog on a leash. For starters, it is illegal to let your dog chase wildlife," Utah Division of Wildlife Resources spokeswoman Faith Heaton Jolley said.

An adult moose can weigh anywhere from 800 to 1,200 pounds and stand six feet tall at the shoulder. They can run 35 miles per hour, so Jolley recommends giving moose and other wildlife plenty of space when out with dogs.