We have a very healthy moose population in Colorado and a growing number of people in the state, so the potential for dangerous interactions between moose and people is increasing. Colorado Parks and Wildlife managers now estimate there are over 2,500 moose living across the state and their populations continue to grow and expand.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are promoting a new video that explains how to be safe and responsible around moose. This YouTube video features District Wildlife Manager Elissa Slezak of Summit County offering information about how to prevent conflicts with moose.

 Colorado Parks and Wildlife - Things to Know About Moose

  • Moose do not fear humans. They are not friendly. They are not.
  • When a moose has decided you’ve invaded their space they can move very fast and its often too late to get away.
  • When it comes to defending their young, cow moose will protect their calves very aggressively, especially in the presence of dogs.
  • Do not feed moose. It is it illegal and unethical.

How to Know When a Moose is Angry

  • Moose typically respond to threats by raising their hackles on the back of their neck
  • They lick their snout and pin their ears back.
  • They may bluff-charge at first, then turn back and charge aggressively. You could be injured by their kicking and stomping with their sharp hooves and powerful front legs.

If you see moose do any of those things, run away as fast as possible. Get behind a tree, a boulder or a car, then wait for the moose to leave on it's own. You won't be able to 'shoo' a moose away, and if you try, it could make the situation worse.

For more information about moose, visit the 'Living with Moose' page on the CPW website.

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