Moose chasing golfers in Breckenridge; Officials urge caution during calf breeding season

A stag chased a pair of golfers throughout Breckenridge Golf Course on Saturday, June 18.
Doug Lin / Summit Day by day Reader Archive

Who would win a race, an electrical golf cart on a slope or a full-step moose?

Common golfers and faculty tennis gamers of Hope, Justin Fey and Taylor Truman, by no means considered their actual end line on Saturday once they discovered themselves attempting to beat the moose, however they positively discovered who was sooner.

“If he needed to catch us, he might have caught us simply,” Fei mentioned.

Faye and Truman had been taking part in a spherical at Breckenridge Golf Course late Saturday night time. Fay mentioned nobody has had play instances earlier than or after it, and the pair will probably be the final ones on the Elk Course. It was simply after seven within the night once they acquired to the seventh gap. The opening has a protracted sloping path that results in a small valley simply earlier than the inexperienced. Gamers have to fireside their engines to the sting of the valley and throw the ball over the scar of the bushes and onto the inexperienced space. After shedding two balls within the bush, Faye and Truman finally made their manner into the inexperienced.

When Fei went to batting mode, he seemed again on the observe and noticed a moose wandering by way of the lane. Recounting the expertise, Fay remembers telling Truman, “Look, Taylor. There is a deer.”

Truman, who was visiting from Michigan, mentioned she had by no means seen an elk up shut earlier than. Faye mentioned he thought it might be a particular second to finish Truman’s trip. Fei spent an excessive amount of time in Summit County and was used to seeing Moss. He mentioned he was conscious of the menace, but additionally used to stagnate ignoring him.

This moose, nevertheless, didn’t ignore them.

Fei mentioned as he began to run across the slender valley towards the inexperienced. He mentioned he had by no means seen a small animal transfer so quick.

“It was in regards to the measurement of a automotive,” he mentioned.

Fei mentioned they hurried to the following golf cart. He mentioned they did not have time to place the batons within the again, so Truman caught them leaving. He mentioned the moose got here inside 30 yards of them when the carriage began.

Fey tried to mount it on the bottom, however the buggies have automated pace limits. He mentioned he would not assume they’ll go sooner than 15 mph, particularly on climbs. Fortuitously, they had been coming off the best a part of the course.

The trolley observe intersects with Gold Run Street on its approach to Gap 8 the place it heads all the way down to the membership which is about half a mile away. Faye and Truman crossed the street with their wagon, and Faye mentioned they crossed the street in entrance of the automobile as they did.

On the time, Fay mentioned the plan was to get previous gap 8, lose the moose and play gap 9. However the moose did not cease — not on the street or at gap 9 — in order that they saved driving towards the membership.

Truman mentioned she saved trying again, attempting to attract consideration to the anger. Faye talked about to her that there might be a calf close by and that it might be a mom defending her little one. She mentioned she seemed for him however by no means noticed him.

Proceed down in direction of Gap 9. There, the trail makes a horseshoe-shaped bend simply earlier than the lake. They nervously reduce the nook, Fei mentioned, in a position by way of the horseshoe. He mentioned he feared the cart’s automated shutdown would activate in the event that they left the cart’s major path.

Fay mentioned the thought nervous him, however it did greater than that for Truman.

“If we lock up, Justin can run quick,” she mentioned. “I run quick however not as quick as him.”

You did not wish to be the slowest runner in a race in opposition to moose.

They mentioned they thought of leaping off the wagon and dashing into the following neighborhood.

As they drove by way of the lake, Fei mentioned that the moose entered the lake from a distance. She nonetheless swam of their path however gave them sufficient time and house to drive to the membership home.

They handed on their expertise to an worker, who informed them {that a} child moose had been noticed a couple of days earlier. Employees at Breckenridge Golf Course reported that workers had noticed child moose, presumably as younger as one yr outdated, in considered one of their ponds earlier within the week.

Fei described the moose’s conduct as if he was “stalking them”. Truman described it as a “terrifying” expertise. She mentioned when she returned to her workplace in Chicago, her co-workers thought it seemed like a fantastic expertise. She mentioned it wasn’t a second she needed to relive.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife recommends individuals run away from moose as rapidly as potential in the event that they change into aggressive. State officers say individuals ought to attempt to put a big object, comparable to a rock or automotive, between them and the moose. Moose can defend their younger. Canine can even result in aggressive conduct.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife encourage individuals to offer loads of house for and respect the animals.