CRESTED BUTTON, Colo. (KDVR) – Footage of a dog barking and harassing an elk in Gunnison County has raised eyebrows and reminded owners to wear a leash.
“The dog was five feet away from the moose and barked non-stop,” said Susan Little, who shot the video.
Little said she and her husband were going cross-country skiing when they came across a dog within reach of an elk, clearly annoying the moose. According to people on the trail, Little said the dog fought with the moose for nearly two hours.
“The moose will charge the dog. The dog will run away but it will come right back,” Little said.
She said they watched restlessly, not sure if the moose trampled on the dog. She said they were worried about both animals. But she said the most frustrating thing was that the dog’s owner had left.
“She just left the dog and then we were there worrying. Not only am I worried about the elk, I’m worried about the dog as well,” Little said.
Little says that at one point, the moose chased the dog on the trail, and they couldn’t get past it for nearly half an hour.
“We couldn’t get through because the snow on the trail was so deep we were stuck for half an hour because we couldn’t get through them,” Little said.
Philip Gurlue, county wildlife manager in Gunnison, said Colorado Parks and Wildlife was not aware of the incident until FOX31 and Channel 2 called media requests. Gurlue said about an hour later the dog’s owner called and explained the situation himself.
“It looks like she has no control over the dog and is panicking,” Gurlue said.
The person said the dog’s owner went to call her husband, who was about 15 minutes away, for help. After they returned, they were finally able to control the dog.
“I think if the dog was on a leash, it wouldn’t go the way it did,” Gurlue said.
He said that Gunnison County, Crested Butte and Mount Crested Butte all have leash laws that state that you must have your dog on a leash and under control. After reviewing the video, he said they could tell the dog was chasing an elk.
“The moose discovered the dog would not enter the water. The dog is on land, so the moose is trying to conserve energy,” Gurlue said.
Little said she called the emergency number for help but wasn’t sure if anyone would respond. CPW is planning to post elk warning signs in the area and Gunnison County CPW office number there.
The fine someone could face for this situation is around $275.00. It is considered wildlife harassment citation. At this point, CPW says the owner of the dog in the video has yet to receive identification but the situation is still under investigation.
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