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Moose Attacks 6-Year-Old in Alaska

People walk past a moose resting in Town Sqaure Park after it reportedly attacked a woman who approached the moose to pet it on Monday, March 7, 2011 in Anchorage, Alaska.    Police are warning people to leave the animals alone after a moose kicked a woman in an Anchorage park after she tried to pet it. Police spokeswoman Anita Shell says people need to give the creatures their space.

People walk past a moose resting in Town Sqaure Park after it reportedly attacked a woman who approached the moose to pet it on Monday, March 7, 2011 in Anchorage, Alaska. Police are warning people to leave the animals alone after a moose kicked a woman in an Anchorage park after she tried to pet it. Police spokeswoman Anita Shell says people need to give the creatures their space.  (Anchorage Daily News)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Police in Anchorage say a moose attacked a 6-year-old boy, sending the child to a hospital. Police say the boy was attacked as he walked home after getting off a school bus.

The boy, identified as Michael Barnes by KTUU-TV, was sedated Monday night, the child's grandfather told the television station. The boy's family won't know his condition until he awakens. KTUU says the boy was kicked in the head.

Witnesses say the moose originally knocked the boy unconscious, but he was awake and crying when emergency crews took him to the hospital.

Neighbor Thais Holladay came running out to help. She says she thinks the moose was spooked by a loose dog.