Jan 27, 2010 11:04 AM by Associated Press

Wildlife authorities move 20 moose

Twenty Colorado moose have a new address after wildlife authorities moved them from the Steamboat Springs area to western Colorado.

The moose were moved to Rio Blanco County along the Utah state line. There they'll join 24 moose previously moved there from Utah.

The state Department of Wildlife moved the moose to help spread the population. First the animals had to be sedated, blindfolded and hobbled. Then the moose were flown by helicopter to a staging area and trucked west in horse trailers.

The Colorado moose come from a herd that numbers about 500. That herd was the result of an introduction of just 12 Wyoming moose in 1978.


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