KEYSTONE, COLO – A pair of captured moose walking along a snowy landscape in Keystone, Colorado.
This footage was posted by Twitter user @RehabStaffer, who said it was captured by his Nest camera.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, until the late 1970s only a few wandering moose roamed northern Colorado from herds in Wyoming. Then, between 1991 and 1992, about 100 moose from Wyoming, Utah, and North Park were released in southern Colorado near Creede. Colorado’s moose population is now approaching 3,000 animals statewide.
A reminder: never approach a moose. Although rare incidents have been, moose will attack people without provocation, including an incident in Colorado last summer.
CPW says moose typically respond to threats by raising their hair on the back of their necks, licking their muzzles and pinning their ears back. They can bluff charge first, then turn around and charge aggressively, kicking and trampling the threat with their sharp hooves and powerful foreleg.
If a moose charges at you, here is what CPW has advised you to do:
- Run away as quickly as possible
- Get behind a tall tree, rock, or other object
- If you are knocked down, get up quickly
- In case of injury, consult a doctor immediately
- Report the incident to CPW as soon as possible