Moose cow, calf visit Paonia

Paonia residents have had special guests the past few weeks. A moose cow and calf have been in town, and the cow has taken up residence in some local backyards.

The event is unusual because moose are wanderers, said Joe Lewandowski, Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman in the Southwest Region. The moose cow, which weighs about 1,000 pounds, has been eating rose bushes and other vegetation. The calf hasn’t been spotted every day. District wildlife managers visit Paonia every other day to try and find the pair, hoping they will move on their own.

“When they find a comfortable spot they tend to settle down, especially in the winter,” Lewandowski said.

Moving the moose would be “complicated, difficult and could cause harm to the animal,” he said.

“People shouldn’t try to approach them too closely, observe from a distance ... Wildlife are unpredictable.”


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