If you are heading up to the high country, make sure you keep your eyes open for moose.  The moose population in Summit County has continued to grow throughout the years.  Many locals and visitors are unaware of how dangerous a moose can be. They might seem to be a very calm, but when they feel threatened, they can be very a dangerous animal.  Weighing over 1,500 pounds, the moose's natural predator is the wolf.  In Colorado, we do not have wolves, but a dog can spark the same defensive reaction.  Mother moose are also very protective of their calves.   

Yesterday, outside the Silverthorne rec center, there was a moose chomping away at a bush.  It was only steps away from the entrance.  It is an exciting thing to see a moose, especially up close, but keeping a safe distance is key.  Currently, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Division has apart of the bike path closed in Silverthorne because of an injured calf.  She is laying feet from the travel, by the river bank and mom is close by.  If you are out enjoying the high country this spring and summer, you will notice warning signs posted about the dangerous of encountering a moose.  In some instances, they are considered one of the most dangerous wild animals in Colorado, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 

Moose in Silverthorne

Source: 9News.com

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