Moose in Colorado
One would think that Colorado or the “Rocky Mountain State” and moose would be synonymous, however moose historically don’t seem to have had much a presence in Colorado. In fact their is no historical evidance of a breeding pair of moose in the state and those moose who were observed historically were probably visitors from either Utah or Wyoming. However, some experts argue that moose were abundant in Colorado pre-1800′s but were hunted to extinction by Native Americans and early white settlers.
Then, in the late 1970′s, public interest in introducing the moose to Colorado grew so much in fact that in 1978 thanks to a private donation, four bull moose and eight cows, one with a calf, were releaseed along the Illinois River in North Park, southeast of Walden, Colorado. Over the next 30 years the CDOW(Colorado Division of Wildlife) would continue to release moose into pristine moose habitat across the state including the Laramie Drainage, and the head waters of the Rio Grande. CDOW has also worked with the UTDOW (Utah Division of Wildlife) in a moose, big horn sheep exchange. Where moose from Utah are sent to Colorado in exchange for Colorado bighorn sheep.
Moose have taken very well to their Colorado home and have expanded their range to include Rocky Mountain National Park, North Park and most recently the Gran Mesa of South Western Colorado. Moose have done so well on Colorado’s Gran Mesa that they have been found wandering as far south as Nothern New Mexico! It is now suggested that there are over 1,000 moose living in Colorado, which has made the moose reintroduction of Colorado an overwhelming success.
So where can you see moose in Colorado? Here are few suggestions.
Note: Looking for moose is not easy, and just because your out in moose country doesn’t gurantee your going to see one. Patience and sometimes luck are the tools you will need.