May 30, 2011 1:29 PM by Stephanie Collins
DENVER (AP) - Moose in Colorado are thriving since their introduction in 1979 despite rapid human population growth and commercial development.
The Denver Post reports that with no natural predators, state wildlife data shows that a few breeding pairs introduced in Colorado's North Park have multiplied to more than 1,690 moose. Some moose have been seen east of the Continental Divide, including in three parts of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Federal biologist John Mack oversees natural resources in the park. He says it's unclear how the moose are affecting the park because no specific studies on the animal's impact have been conducted.
An increase in moose has also meant an increase in the number of people applying to hunt them. More than 14,000 people applied last year. About 85 are killed each year.