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Come upon a moose? Keep your distance to avoid trouble

Moose have become a more regular sight within town limits in Silverton and other towns and areas of southwest Colorado. They inhabit other states as well. If you see one, keep your distance, urges Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

CPW District Wildlife Manager Brandon Dye asks residents and visitors to give moose space and to remember to keep dogs on leash and well-distanced from the animals at all times. If trying to take a photograph, stay back and use a zoom. There have been five moose attacks in 2021 across Colorado.

“Moose react to dogs the same way they would react to a predator in the wild,” Dye said. “While these moose … may seem relatively tame or docile, it is important to remember that they are wild animals and can be unpredictable and extremely dangerous.”

The latest population estimate from CPW after the 2020 hunting season indicated there were roughly 460 moose in the southwest region of Colorado. That number has held relatively stable for the last 15 years.

However, the population is thriving and expanding its range, evident by several young bull moose crossing into New Mexico this year.

Watch this video to learn more about the habits of moose, and how you should react if you come upon one.

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Carson Axtell
15 days ago

The state of Colorado is currently considering reintroduction of wolves on the west side of the Rockies in their Proposition 114, Gray Wolf Reintroduction Initiative (2020). If passed, populations of prey animals such as the moose will return to the natural management systems that evolved over millions of years in areas where wolves once roamed. The problem of dummies stepping up to feed or pet moose, elk, and bears will probably still persist, though…

Micheal Whelan
18 days ago

As a retired woodland firefighter I can attest to the dangers presented by these territorial critters. While I have many stories of encounters with bear, cats and other critters the most impressive are the moose. On one camp a lone cow kept 35 firefighters from reaching our assignment quickly as she had taken exception to us crossing her stream. On the same camp we had to circle our engines (yes wagon train style) to keep a big bull from attacking us while we were in camp. The same bull put more than a few dents into our brush guards simply because we were driving on his fire trail. Give them space and do not feed or otherwise aggravate them. They are 1000 pounds of pure mean when riled.

The Lazy Q
18 days ago

Moose attacks are not increasing, stupid people are increasing. I was stationed in Alaska for seven years and each year someone died because they stupidly got to close trying to feed it or not going the other way to get around the big ole moosy. One incident happened on the university campus, that now deceased individual just had to go through that door to get to class instead of backing off or finding another door.