Bears and mountain lions are just a few forms of wildlife that one needs to be wary of while out on Colorado trails. Yet, it was a different type of animal that caused a frightening encounter for a jogger near Superior earlier this week.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera, the incident occurred on the morning of June 6. As an individual was going for a run on Meadowlark Trail, she was attacked by an aggressive herd of cattle.

Another park-goer witnessed the woman on the ground surrounded by about 15 or 20 cows. Most of the bovine were mothers with their calves. The animals likely attacked the person as a means of protection, which is more common during this time of year when babies are present. While the jogger did nothing wrong in this situation, rangers explain that it's a good reminder to always be aware of your surroundings.

Fortunately, the good Samaritan called 911 and Boulder County Parks and Open Space rangers responded to the scene. Because of her condition, the jogger was transported to a nearby hospital.

Meadowlark trail remained closed until later in the day.

To avoid future incidents, the rancher who leases the field moved his herd of cattle to a fenced-in pasture south of the trail. Although no attacks had occurred prior to this, others had reported aggressive cows in the area before. That being said, posted signs along the path do warn that Meadowlark Trail falls within a cattle grazing area.

The injuries sustained by the jogger are unknown.

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