Moose’s No Name visit likely to be short
No Name residents are hosting unexpected company this week in the form of a young male moose.Lest he consider making himself at home, though, state game officers are considering escorting him out of this hamlet just east of Glenwood Springs.Meanwhile, the animal’s arrival is turning No Name at least briefly into even more of a wildlife Mecca. Bighorn sheep reintroduced to Glenwood Canyon often can be seen near the bike path in the No Name area. And in recent years, bears have started showing up in neighborhoods and occasionally even entering homes.And now, the moose. Sarah Liotta had heard the stories of moose sightings this week in No Name and had hoped to see one herself. She did, on Wednesday, as it grazed in her yard.”It was like looking out the window and seeing a giraffe, (and thinking) ‘What is that? That doesn’t belong here,'” she said.Liotta has enjoyed seeing the animal, but has paid a price in landscaping. The moose has been minding his own business but also helping himself to people’s plantings.”He is just ruining my garden. He ate all my lily pads. Now he’s eating the aspen,” she said.
On Thursday, the moose returned to a small pond adjacent to Liotta’s deck. The lily pads she had been growing there were gone.”It was full of lily pads. It was so pretty. He’d go up to his eyeballs in the water and just pull them out,” she said.The moose attracted the interest of Liotta’s 6-year-old triplet sons, Ben, Joe and Sam.”See, he doesn’t like many people around him,” Joe told some visitors to his home after a growing crowd on the deck caused the moose to leave the pond. “If you go inside he might come back.”By the accounts of No Name residents and Sonia Marzec, district wildlife manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the moose is showing no signs of aggression. But she advised Liotta later Thursday to keep her children inside when the moose is in their yard. Marzec worries for their safety and said a moose can become dangerous, especially if it becomes startled.Moose sightings are rare in Garfield County. The animals are generally centered in Walden in north-central Colorado, and the Lake City area in southern Colorado. However, the animals tend to roam widely, and satellite populations exist in Pitkin and Eagle counties.Last fall, moose showed up in the Canyon Creek area west of Glenwood Springs and sightings continued in that area for weeks. Marzec said it’s possible the No Name moose wandered over from Canyon Creek after wintering in the high country between the two drainages.
Moose also are being transplanted onto Grand Mesa near Grand Junction. Marzec said the No Name moose has no ear tags or collar, so it doesn’t appear to be one from that population.She said the moose looks like a healthy, 2- to 3-year-old male. It has a small rack covered with velvet. The animals grow new racks each year.Marzec is hoping the moose will move on just as happened in Canyon Creek.”He does not belong there,” she said.Besides No Name being a residential area where the animal is relying heavily on plantings for food, Interstate 70 runs through the community.Normally, the DOW doesn’t relocate moose. But Marzec is checking into whether the agency may want to move this moose to Grand Mesa as part of the reintroduction program there.Another possibility, if the moose continues to linger for more than a couple of days, is for the DOW to try to haze it back up the creek drainage, Marzec said.
Jan Treadwell, who works in the classifieds department for the Post Independent and other area papers, and lives next door to the Liottas, said some No Name residents would prefer that the moose not be there, while others are OK with his presence.”He’s not going into anybody’s house,” she said. “He’s not hurting anybody. He’s just kind of hanging around.””He’s fine with me as long as he doesn’t munch my flowers.”Charles Zelenka feels about the same way. He said he was “very surprised” to watch a moose in his yard after never seeing one in Colorado.”They’re cool to see, but I wish they weren’t in the yard chewing up our fruit trees,” he said.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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