Free ‘Moose Day’ offers insights, tips on state’s largest ungulate

What do you think Colorado’s most charismatic animal is?

You are correct, it’s the moose (any other guesses are summarily disqualified).

Ever since Colorado’s wildlife managers began re-introducing moose into the state in 1979, the long-legged and largest member of the deer family has spawned an enormous following of fans.

All those moose lovers are invited to learn more about their favorite ungulate at the free, fourth annual “Grand Mesa Moose Day” from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on July 27.

The event, sponsored by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, will be at the U.S. Forest Service Visitor’s Center on Grand Mesa, where the state began transplanting moose in 2005.

“Similar to many other areas across the state, our local moose population on Grand Mesa is also doing very well,” said Trina Romero, event organizer and Parks and Wildlife’s watchable wildlife coordinator. “This gives us an exciting wildlife viewing opportunity, but it is very important to do it ethically and safely, and we will show you how.”

It’s estimated Colorado moose population is around 1,600 animals, making the transplant project one of the most successful wildlife management efforts in Colorado and the country.

Kid-friendly activities throughout the day include a puppet show and prize giveaways. Youngsters also can earn a prize for going on a hike with a wildlife officer to look for signs of moose activity.

Other presentations include moose biology and history, moose viewing tips and information about how biologists transplant and track moose.

“There are a growing number of places on the Grand Mesa where you can view moose,” Romero said. “The event is a great way for kids and their families to learn how and where to see one, spend some time outdoors and learn more about these fascinating animals.”

Romero said moose should always be viewed from a distance, ideally with a camera, binoculars or a viewing scope, and avoid letting unleashed dogs approach them.

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.

For more information, contact Trina Romero at 255-6191.

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