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Re: Moose

Postby gdthomas » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:08 am

We are grateful to have seen a moose on monday crossing the road a mile below the American Basin TH for Handies.

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Re: Moose

Postby SilverLynx » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:11 am

That's really sad! :( I love moosies.
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Re: Moose

Postby prestone818 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:40 am

i have yet to see any fun wildlife in colorado. i got to maroon bells parking lot at 2AM one morning and walked out to the lake for a few minutes. as i was walking back to the lot in the dark i could see the faint shadow of a large animal about 15 ft away by the bathrooms. scared the crap out of me but couldnt figure out if it was a moose or an elk.

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Re: Moose

Postby prestone818 » Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:41 am

i was in moose, wyoming last year and saw tons of them. who ever named that town wasnt very creative lol

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Re: Moose

Postby Vids » Thu Jun 21, 2012 8:55 am

I've seen quite a few while elk or deer hunting, none have been aggressive. One fall we ran into a mature bull raking a tree and groaning (typical rutting behavior), he probably would have charged but he never saw us, we got within 100 yards behind him then got the heck out of there. That was a cool experience though.

The two situations you need to watch out for the most are a cow with a calf, and a bull during the rut (fall breeding season). The bull that the OP showed a picture of would be unlikely to be aggressive this time of year. He has nothing to protect, and no reason to assert dominance. Also, when their antlers are in velvet they are very sensitive so they wouldn't charge anything with those, they could still stomp you though.

I agree with the tactics mentioned above, find a tree to keep between you and the moose if you can or roll into a ball. I have one friend that successfully did the tree dance a few years ago and came away unharmed by the angry momma.

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Re: Moose

Postby MountainHiker » Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:35 am

Last Friday night we saw a moose and 2 calves while driving up Mosquito Pass road. It was our first sighting of a moose in Colorado. We didn’t get real close because we didn’t want to spook them. They turned and trotted off in the opposite direction, so we keep driving real slow. They turned into the bushes. When we passed that spot all we could see was the butt of one of the calves. With their long legs and big bodies they are built for smashing through thick brush.

By coincidence we also had our first Colorado bear sightings. Traffic was basically stopped in both directions while driving past the Bailey Cop Shop. There were a couple bears above the station on the hillside.
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Re: Moose

Postby HighCountry » Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:35 am

I've seen moose a few times (not enough). The last time was only two or three weeks ago. I was hiking along an old jeep road when a moose crossed the road behind me (a jeep was coming), and a few minutes later it passed the same road in front of me. It moved too quickly to get a shot, even with my camera at my side, but it was cool to see.
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Re: Moose

Postby unclegar » Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:55 pm

We saw a moose on the way back from Evans on the "willowLESS" trail about a week and a half ago. I have also seen a moose twice when in my car driving back to Hwy. 7 from the Longs Peak East TH.

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Re: Moose

Postby jpfeif001 » Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:32 am

I saw a moose in the water on the Bierstadt trail last fall, tons of hikers and it never seemed to be bothered by any of them, it just did its thing. Saw another one in RMNP about a month after that. None this year yet, I was up fishing at Baker a few days after the young moose was trapped in the skate park which is right there next to the water. They are powerful critters that I wouldn't want to tangle with. Very beautiful though.
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Re: Moose

Postby susanjoypaul » Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:51 am

I saw this guy at Fern Lake on Sunday. He didn't seem interested in me at all, but I still kept my distance. This was the first time I'd seen a moose on that side of the park... I saw six on the west side, near Grand Lake, a few months ago.

As was mentioned on another thread, the smoke from all the recent fires has created an unusual amount of "animal activity." I saw coyotes in the park this weekend, and last week there was a bear running down my street.
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Re: Moose

Postby PaliKona » Tue Jun 26, 2012 5:04 am

I just saw these two last Thursday on Long Lake in IPW, on my bday!
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Re: Moose

Postby CORed » Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:31 pm

A few years ago in Lead King Basin, at about 9:00 am, I had just started up the trail to Geneva lake, when I heard a "whuff" and a young bull moose (full size but fairly small antlers) who had been lying flat in tall vegetation right next to the trail lifted up his head not more than 20 feet in front of me, then got up and ran away. I'm pretty sure I interrupted his morning nap. I had no idea he was there until he exhaled and lifted his head.

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