Months of manic moose mania maneuvering comes to a head tomorrow (Saturday) high atop Grand Mesa during the 4th annual Grand Mesa Moose Day celebration. The existence of a moose population at all in Colorado is something to celebrate. The population had just about vanished completely by the 1970s, due primarily to hunting and loss of habitat. Colorado Wildlife managers began reintroducing moose to Colorado with a few mating pairs in 1978 and 1979, and to the Grand Mesa in 2005. Since then the population has blossomed and statewide is believed to be in the range of 1500.
National Forest Communications Officer Leanne Loupe says that while moose may appear docile and slow they can run as fast a horse when angered or while protecting their young. Ranger led walks designed to educate moose lovers will be part of Saturday’s festivities, with an emphasis on education and fun.