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A Unique Fatal Moose Attack Mimicking Homicide
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2018 (English)In: Journal of Forensic Sciences, ISSN 0022-1198, E-ISSN 1556-4029, Vol. 63, no 2, p. 622-625Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Fatalities caused by animal attacks are rare, but have the potential to mimic homicide. We present a case in which a moose attacked and killed a woman who was walking her dog in a forest. Autopsy showed widespread blunt trauma with a large laceration on one leg in which blades of grass were embedded. Flail chest was the cause of death. The case was initially conceived as homicide by means of a riding lawn mower. A review of the case by moose experts and analyses of biological trace material that proved to originate from moose, established the true source of injury. The dog probably provoked a moose, which, in response, stomped and gored the victim to death. The injuries resembled those previously reported from attacks by cattle and water buffalo. Fatal moose attacks constitute an extremely rare threat in boreal areas, but can be considered in traumatic deaths of unknown cause.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2018. Vol. 63, no 2, p. 622-625
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forensic science, forensic pathology, traumatic death, animal attack, moose
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Forensic Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-146157DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.13579ISI: 000426511500041PubMedID: 28631272OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-146157DiVA, id: diva2:1201769
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68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American-Academy-of-Forensic-Sciences, FEB 22-27, 2016, Las Vegas, NV
Available from: 2018-04-26 Created: 2018-04-26 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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