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Moose Day returns to Colorado’s Grand Mesa

Brittany Markert
bmarkert@gjfreepress.com
Katlin Birdsall of Grand Junction saw three young moose while heading to a hike on Colorado's Grand Mesa recently. Moose are regularly seen throughout the area. A Moose Day is set for Saturday, July 25, to celebrate the beasts.
Katlin Birdsall |

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WHAT: Grand Mesa Moose Day

WHEN: Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center, 2002 AA 50 Road, Cedaredge, Colo.

COST: Free

INFO: http://www.cpw.state.co.us

For the sixth year in a row, Colorado Parks and Wildlife will celebrate its growing moose population with Grand Mesa Moose Day on Saturday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will take place at the U.S. Forest Service Visitor Center (2002 AA 50 Road, Cedaredge, Colo.), located 40 miles from Exit 49 off Interstate 70.

“Pack a picnic, your fishing poles, get outdoors with your family, and celebrate what we have in Colorado,” said Trina Romero, CPW’s Moose Day event coordinator.

Grand Mesa Moose Day will provide viewing and safety tips, a hike, scavenger hunt and more. Anglers can enjoy the day as well with a casting demonstration provided by CPW staff.

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Prizes will be provided to attendees ranging from gift cards to hunter packs. Drawings will take place throughout the event.

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Wildlife managers estimate there are over 400 moose on the Grand Mesa from the original 91 relocated between 2005 and 2007.

“Hunting has been used as a management tool to help with population growth,” Romero explained. “We have a good habitat for moose in Colorado. The state has few predators the moose have to worry about and, because of that habitat, they are able to be sustainable here.”

According to Romero, moose cows birthing twins is a good sign of a healthy moose population. This is a common scene on the Grand Mesa lately. Moose can often be seen throughout the day at places like Mesa Lakes Lodge (located off Highway 65). Moose can hide easily, too, despite their large appearance. They often hang around aspen groves, oak brush and willows along the side of the road. Don’t approach moose however as they can be volatile and attack, especially when dogs are present.

“It’s truly an unique species to see,” she said.

CPW reminds the public to prevent potentially dangerous wildlife conflicts by viewing animals from a safe distance. Dogs are a common reason moose attack, so it’s suggested to leave furry friends home if taking a drive up to Grand Mesa.

For more information, visit http://www.cpw.state.co.us.


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