Another moose interested in exploring urban areas has been tranquilized and relocated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
CPW officials removed the curvy moose last week from a hill near Fort Lewis College after spending three days in and around the town of Durango. It was broadcast in an area of the San Juan National Forest where there is a thriving moose population, according to a press release from CPW.
In July, a moose was pulled from Vail after spending more than a week frequenting the Lionshead parking lot. This one enjoyed licking the walls of the building, said CPW, apparently drawn to the tasty residue from the de-icing agents used there.
Last September, a moose that had developed an apparent fondness for the Colorado Springs area was moved to the high country, only to return to Manitou Springs a week later after a 30-mile round-trip hike.
Durango moose were first reported along Junction Creek west of town. The next day he visited the Crestview area of the city, and the next day he explored a downtown area known as The Grid before heading to college.
“Young bulls are known to move away from their more normal habitats at this time of year in search of mates and their own territory,” said Steve McClung, deputy director of wildlife for the CPW region, in the press release. “They can cover a lot of ground pretty quickly. Usually, if they come to town, they will move around and exit town safely. This being in the middle of the city with no clear path to exit on its own, and the risk of aggressive behavior towards pedestrians, especially those with dogs, it had to be moved safely.
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