Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding outdoor enthusiasts that moose can be aggressive when dog and humans get too close. Wildlife officers have responded to human/moose conflicts in the past. In the majority of instances, dogs - both on and off-leash - reportedly spooked the moose before it charged and seriously injured the dog's owner.
Moose in Colorado have very few natural predators and they are not generally frightened by humans. However, state wildlife officials caution that the large ungulates see dogs as a threat due to their similarities with wolves, their primary predator. Wildlife officials caution that dogs should never be allowed to approach a moose.
The best practice for sharing space with moose is to give them plenty of room, whether hiking, biking, snowmobiling or cross-country skiing. Keep pets away and avoid moose that appear stressed by human activity.
For more information and tips about moose watching, visit Living with wildlife in moose country.
First Day Hike at James M. RobbFriday, January 1
Get the year started off right by attending the First Day Hike at the Connected Lakes section of the James M. Robb Colorado River State Park. We will hike the trails and discuss the flora, fauna, and work that we have been doing to bring the area back to its native vegetation. We'll finish up by making backyard bird feeders.
Select a pin point for a description of the location and wildlife viewing information. There are over 200 sites to choose from. These sites are also published on the official Map to Colorado. Order yours today (included with the Vacation Guide). Look for the brown wildlife viewing signs at (most) location destinations. Download our wildlife viewing tips and checklist to use on your next wildlife viewing adventure.