Moose Country in Colorado

I spent a weekend with friends in Grand Lake, Colorado recently and each day I was there I saw a moose. Moose are really not all the attractive (IMO) but they are certainly majestic.

Within an hour of arriving, I spotted a massive moose munching away in a maze of bushes. I’ve learned to keep my distance from them and give them all the room they need.

The next morning, a young moose made his way to the lake right in front of our lodging. These moose are used to being around humans but that doesn’t make them less fierce. They are still wild animals in their own habitat.

Another time I was kayaking and came upon a moose napping on a lake-front lawn. This is their season to own the territory.  I know to keep my distance and back away slowly. I also know to keep animals away from moose especially when there is a calf nearby. A mother moose will not hesitate to charge the animal or the person holding the animal.

Moose were not always part of the landscape. In fact, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife … “In 1978, state wildlife experts transplanted 24 male and female moose from Wyoming and Utah to create a breeding population in North Park and provide hunting opportunities. Additional moose from Wyoming, Utah and Colorado’s own growing population were introduced to other areas of western Colorado over the years. The project succeeded in creating new hunting opportunities and a popular wildlife viewing option. The state legislature, in 1995, declared Walden the “Moose Viewing Capital of Colorado.”

Read the full article about Moose Reintroduction.

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