Wildlife harassment videos prompt warning

GRAND JUNCTION — Amateur video posted online have prompted Colorado authorities to start a public education campaign on the dangers of harassing wildlife.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife says the videos show snowmobilers harassing or chasing moose. It says officers will be contacting snowmobile rental companies with educational literature.

One video shot in Grand County shows a snowmobiler chasing a moose. The moose stops and appears to charge before running away.

Officials are concerned such behavior could lead to injury or death.

Moose sightings are common now because the snow packed trails are easier for them to walk on. Officials say the best way to avoid an attack is to not feed or harass the animals and to view from a distance.


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