From the Colorado Division of Wildlife
-- Western Colorado's Grand Mesa is home to one of Colorado's newest moose populations, and residents will be learning more about moose on July 3 at Grand Mesa's Moose Day.
Events run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the US Forest Service Visitor Center atop Grand Mesa on Highway 65. All activities are free.
Activities will include moose viewing information, presentations about moose biology and moose history, presentations on how biologists transplant and track moose, and a puppet show. Family and kid-friendly events and giveaways are planned throughout the day.
"Moose sightings are always fun for people, and they're becoming more common on the Grand Mesa as the population grows," said Trina Romero, Colorado Division of Wildlife Watchable Wildlife Coordinator. "This event will teach people safe ways to see the moose and some great facts about moose in Colorado."
The Grand Mesa in Grand Junction is the world's largest flattop mountain. Moose have historically been found on the Grand Mesa in small numbers but a reintroduction effort in 2005 by the Colorado Division of Wildlife has transplanted dozens of moose to the area. Today, biologists with the agency estimate that the now self-sustaining population numbers approximately 150 moose.
The moose population is expected to grow to around 450 animals. The moose transplant and educational efforts about the moose have been funded by Colorado sportsmen through hunting license fees and by the Colorado Chapter of Safari Club International through member funding and through the organization's annual raffle of a moose hunting license.