Moose moved after people petted and fed it in Colorado


A young moose found food after being moved from Grand Lake, Colorado.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

People kept feeding and petting a baby moose in a town in Colorado.

Wildlife officials received two moose sighting reports in Grand Lake on Friday, March 11, Colorado Parks and Wildlife reported. When they arrived to check on the moose, they saw “worrying and dangerous behavior”.

“Moose are common in Grand Lake year-round,” district wildlife manager Serena Rocksund said in a March 14 news release. “On Friday we saw people getting dangerously close to the moose and evidence of illegal feeding.”

The abandoned calf was fed and petted by people. This happened so often that the moose became too comfortable around people.

Wildlife officials decided to move the calf to a remote location.

“We can’t stress this enough,” officials said. “Moose, especially calves, are not pets. The best and only way to see them is from a safe distance.

People should give the moose space if they encounter the animal. It is illegal and dangerous to move a moose.

Feeding wildlife is also illegal. This can be harmful to the animal’s health as wildlife often cannot handle human food.

“When people intentionally place or distribute foods that are not naturally found in animal habitat, such as carrots, birdseed, hay, or salt blocks, it can lead to illness or death” , officials said.

Maddie Capron is a real-time McClatchy reporter specializing in the outdoors and wildlife in the western United States. She graduated from Ohio University and previously worked at CNN, the Idaho Statesman and the Ohio Center for Investigative Journalism.