Celebrate moose on Grand Mesa

It’s hard to believe it was only a little more than five years ago that the first three moose were released on Grand Mesa in an effort to re-establish the giant mammals on the mountain they once claimed as home, at least part of the year.

Now, according to Colorado Division of Wildlife, there are at least 150 moose on the world’s largest flattop mountain. They’re not all descendants of those initial three, of course. Other successful transplants followed the first one, with moose brought in from Utah as well as other locations in Colorado.

But the moose have also been repopulating on their own, according to the Division of Wildlife, with calves born each spring. There are frequent sightings and photos taken by visitors to the mesa.

By any estimation, the program to transplant moose to Grand Mesa has been a success. So it makes sense for the DOW and the U.S. Forest Service to host Grand Mesa Moose Day this Saturday at the Ward Lake Visitor Center just east of Highway 65, before the road drops down toward Cedaredge.

The celebration, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will include free presentations on moose biology and history, information on how the Grand Mesa moose herd came to be and a moose puppet show. In addition, there will be information to educate visitors on how they can safely view moose they may encounter in the wild. So spend some time on the mesa this weekend, and learn more about the largest animal on the mountain.

The successful effort by the Division of Wildlife, in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service to transplant moose to the mesa deserves celebration. And congratulations are due to Bruce Bauerle of Grand Junction and Roger Shenkel of Collbran, who initiated the drive to reintroduce moose to Grand Mesa.


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