In the wake of several people being injured by moose this year, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding outdoor enthusiasts that moose can be aggressive when dogs and humans get too close. Since early spring, wildlife officers have responded to three human/moose conflicts, including two recent incidents in Grand Lake. In all three instances, dogs - both on and off-leash - reportedly spooked the moose before it charged and seriously injured the dog's owner.
Moose in Colorado have very few natural predators and they are not generally frightened by humans. However, state wildlife officials caution that the large ungulates see dogs as a threat due to their similarities with wolves, their primary predator. Wildlife officials caution that dogs should never be allowed to approach a moose.
The best practice for sharing space with moose is to give them plenty of room, whether hiking, biking, snowmobiling or cross-country skiing. Keep pets away and avoid moose that appear stressed by human activity.
Read the full Dogs and Moose article, or for more information and tips about moose watching, visit Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Living with wildlife in moose country.