Tracy Hansen was out walking her dog in Anchorage, Alaska when she was attacked by a moose from behind. She never saw it coming but a passerby filmed the incident.
The Anchorage resident was walking her dog Gunner when the moose spotted her and approached from behind. It wouldn’t have mattered if she had an air horn or spray to ward off the massive moose because she never saw it until it was too late.
At the exact moment the moose attack took place, a person was driving by and filming the moose. They tried to yell and alert Tracy Hansen about what was about to happen.
Ultimately, however, they just filmed the moose attack and weren’t able to get her attention in time.
WATCH: A woman in Alaska was walking her dog when a moose charged at her from behind and kicked her in the head. https://t.co/1U1MRHyOFD pic.twitter.com/ECDMiFTS5e
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Alaska’s KTUU was the first media outlet to report on the rare moose attack.
The person filming the incident was a fellow Alaskan named Kate Timmons. She was in the car with her family going down Old Seward Highway when they spotted the moose.
The entire Timmons family witnessed the moose ambush and kick Tracy Hansen before stopping the car and rushing to her side.
Kate Timmson told KTUU “my husband was able to pull her over the snow bank, so we could get her in the truck with her dog and kind of get her out of the way. It definitely seemed unprovoked from our standpoint and it happened so fast it was just like, a matter of getting her out of the situation, getting her help, making sure, you know my big thing was that she didn’t have a head trauma, that there wasn’t a bleed or something.”
Tracy Hansen’s dog, Gunner, was uninjured in the moose attack. It’s unclear if the moose was going for her, the dog, or both. But the dog was uninjured while she required staples in her head from the moose kick.
But she isn’t letting a little moose kick to the head get her down. Tracy was back on the same path just days later walking with her dog Gunner. This time being more vigilant to any moose in the area.
It is estimated there are between 175,000 and 200,000 moose in Alaska.