As moose continue to expand their range across the Continental Divide and into the foothills of Denver, Colorado Parks and Wildlife hope a study will help them learn more about Colorado’s moose.
Biologists collared five cow moose in South Park, east of the Continental Divide from Fairplay to the Guanella Pass road, in February. The GPS collars allow biologists to track movements of the moose, determine habitat preference and learn more about population size.
Moose were reintroduced into Colorado in 1979 in North Park and have expanded their range throughout Middle Park and South Park. Colorado’s moose population has grown statewide to about 1700.
Counting and studying moose can be difficult because they don’t roam in herds and their dark hides make them difficult to see in the trees. Radio collars help biologists collect data on moose by locating them from the ground and from the air.
The collars used on the South Park moose are brown with a green placard on each side. Each green placard has a letter to help identify the moose. Sightings of moose in the South Park area would be helpful for CPW's efforts. You can call Shannon Schwab at 303-291-7367 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org with information on moose locations in the South Park area.
For more information about moose in Colorado, see the moose page and read the full press release.