Got moose? Grand Mesa Moose Day holds annual celebration

The moose herd on Grand Mesa has grown to more than 300 in the seven years since the first moose was transplanted to Grand Mesa. The third annual Grand Mesa Moose Day is scheduled for Saturday.

Moose are big on Grand Mesa.

Granted, given an adult Shiras moose may stand seven-feet high and tip the scales at 1,200 pounds or more, moose are big everywhere.

But they’re especially so on Grand Mesa, where the herd of around 300 moose will be celebrated this Saturday during the third annual Grand Mesa Moose Day sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

“They are truly magnificent and interesting animals,” said event organizer Trina Romero, Watchable Wildlife coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “This is a fun event, and anyone who wants to learn more about our Grand Mesa moose population is encouraged to join us.”

Moose lovers from the Western Slope and elsewhere are expected for this day of family and youngster-friendly activities, including a moose puppet show and prize giveaways.

There even will be bit of serious science, with presentations scheduled to include moose biology and history, moose viewing tips and information about how biologists transplant and track moose.

Young moose lovers can earn a prize for going on a hike with a wildlife officer to look for signs of moose activity.

“Moose sightings can be a great experience, and we encourage people to learn more about them and how to watch them safely,” Romero said.

The free Moose Day celebration takes place at the U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center on top of Grand Mesa.

Grand Mesa Moose Day partners include Colorado Parks and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, The Moose 100.7, the Grand Mesa Scenic & Historic Byway, Cabela’s and A-n-G Outfitters.


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