ESTES PARK, Colo. (KDVR) – It’s mating season, or the grind is here for Colorado moose.
It’s the time of year when you’ll see more moose than any other time of year, but it’s also when the bulls are more aggressive. This was proven on camera Saturday in a video captured in Estes Park on US 34.
In the video, an elk jam was captured by Kris Hazelton of Estes Park News.
“A large herd of bull was tending his cows and calves in the middle of Highway 34 and he was right in the middle of the lane when the cars stopped,” Hazelton said, “and the car right in front of us and the Bull Elk just looked a little off to him.” to choose, and he ran straight for it.’
A scary sight for her and her family when a male moose, or bull, charged toward the truck, antlers first.
“It was pretty shocking and scary. I was worried about the people in the truck because I thought if his antlers went through the window, someone could get hurt, so I was definitely concerned,” Hazelton said.
Fortunately, the moose crossed over and continued on its way, but experts say you can never be too safe around these guys during the rutting season, which lasts until mid-October.
How to Stay Safe Around Moose in Colorado
Joel Berger, a professor of wildlife biology at the University of Colorado, said you should stay on your toes during this season.
“They have a lot of testosterone, their antigens explode, they’re a little bit blind and they’re just in a fierce mating mode and can view people and sometimes cars as competition,” Berger said.
So, what should you do? Always keep a distance of at least 30 meters and keep your eyes open. It’s fine to watch them, but you need to give the wildlife plenty of room.
“This is the best time of year to watch moose. It is exciting. There’s a lot of biology going on and the most important thing is your safety and the safety of the moose, and that means don’t honk, don’t facilitate, don’t push moose, because they’re coming at you. you and someone are going to lose,” Berger said.
“Learning to live with wildlife is a real struggle, but it’s really important if we want to coexist and preserve some of the diversity that we have in our world,” Berger said.
A general rule of thumb is to keep your thumb over the animal. If your thumb covers the animal’s body, you are probably at a safe distance.
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