Two moose sit outside the Timber Run condominiums on Walton Creek Road on Wednesday morning. Division of Wildlife officials are asking local residents to keep their distance from the animals.

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Two moose sit outside the Timber Run condominiums on Walton Creek Road on Wednesday morning. Division of Wildlife officials are asking local residents to keep their distance from the animals.

DOW: Leave the moose alone

Officials may be forced to put down agitated animals

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— Do it for the moose, if not your own safety.

The onset of spring weather has led several moose into Steamboat Springs, with many sightings throughout the city this week.

Moose can be aggressive and dangerous, said Colorado Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton, and regardless of the damage inflicted by an agitated animal, local officials may be forced to kill any that attack humans.

So, for the sake of everyone involved, Hampton's advice is simple: Leave the moose alone.

"If people approach them too closely, there's a chance those moose will charge," Hampton said. "It is unfortunate, but when an animal is aggressive toward people, in a lot of cases, we end up putting those animals down."

Moose have been seen in Steamboat throughout the past week, with several animals wandering in the city's southern reaches. Their stay should be temporary, though, as they progress toward the high country during warmer weather.

"Steamboat has a great deal of willow trees within town along streams and river corridors," Hampton said. "Those willow stands are the preferred habitat for moose, so they're going to wander through that willow and those run all through town. They don't migrate as much as deer and elk, but as the weather warms up, they'll move to higher elevation."

Moose will try to avoid human contact, but they can be dangerous if disturbed, especially cows with new calves. They will charge and have killed people in Colorado, Hampton said. Relocating an offending animal with the help of a tranquilizer is an option - but one that is often difficult, he said.

A moose that had been charging skiers was put down at the Steamboat Ski Area near the Thunderhead Lift in February.

There's one simple way to ensure that doesn't happen again.

"If you get closer, you're risking disturbing that animal," Hampton said. "If you get closer for a picture or something, you are risking the life of the animal and your own life."

Comments

Hadleyburg_Press 5 years, 11 months ago

I find it ironic that the paper posts a picture of the moose and where to potentially find them, followed by an article that suggests that the moose will be killed if people harass them.

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Professional_Worrier 5 years, 11 months ago

For crying out loud, H_P....the media never harasses!

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colowoodsman 5 years, 11 months ago

H_P, That is ironic if not just plain foolish. I also find it odd that the video describes these animals as "Steamboat Moose". Do they own condos here? Is this a new sub-species bred to help promote tourism? The tourism people will do just about anything to make another buck!

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Diane 5 years, 11 months ago

Early this morning when viewing article, I noticed that there are three moose in the photo! That is if my eye's are not failing me. Steamboat enjoy and protect all Colorados wildlife! Look around, up as well as down. There is always much to see! Relax take a photo from a distance, then leave the area! Oh and use your indoor voice, be happy we have such special neighbors.

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outsiderlookingin 5 years, 11 months ago

Once again the Pilot screws up again. Show everyone "How Cute" the moose are, by putting a photo in the papaer & then give an exact location of where to find them. BUT WAIT!!! The moose will be killed if you go there!!!!!! What the HECK are the people at the paper doing???? Oh Yeah NOTHING!!!!!

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grannyrett 5 years, 11 months ago

Well guys---I for one am not gonna mess with no moose. They are way bigger than I am.

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Hadleyburg_Press 5 years, 11 months ago

They can publish this and yet we never see a picture and location published on registered local pedophiles? I guess that wouldn't sell realestate would it?

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thecondoguy1 5 years, 11 months ago

This goes to all the green and sustainability crap, we are so full of the green machine swindle, but we can't live with the moose for a few days, give me a break,,,,, stay away from the moose................

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justathought 5 years, 11 months ago

outsider, are you saying that people do not have to be responsible for their actions if the paper gives them all the facts?

I say to the DOW; if the people are stupid enough to harass them after being warned not to, shoot the people, not the moose.

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oldskoolstmbt 5 years, 11 months ago

right on justa!...and hopefully they take ID's advice and comsume a little alcohol before doing so, for you know..to be more acurate! LOL

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