Moose chases hikers off a Park City trail
A moose chased several hikers off a trail in Park City on Saturday, the Park City Police Department said, indicating in department logs that the moose was seen on a ski run and at one point had "a male pinned down."
The case was reported at 6:51 a.m. on the 800 block of Empire Avenue. Phil Kirk, a police captain, said several hikers with a dog encountered the moose. Kirk said the hikers escaped from the moose by retreating into a tree well, which is the space between the bottom of a tree trunk and the surrounding snow.
"They were pinned in there for several minutes," Kirk said.
They climbed out of the tree well and left after the moose ambled away. Kirk said they were not injured.
In a case involving three people, meanwhile, reported at 5:21 p.m. on Monday, March 7, a man and two kids were seen nearing a young moose. The police were told the man was filming the moose on a smartphone. The report was logged on the 1500 block of Snow Creek Drive.
The other cases included:
Moose sightings are occasionally reported to the Police Department. The police and wildlife officials say people should not approach moose. The Police Department said the younger moose seen recently could be the offspring of a cow moose killed in a collision with a vehicle on S.R. 224 in early March.
Nearly a dozen Park City and Summit County officials sat on a public panel Wednesday to outline the way forward on wildfire management and to answer questions from residents.