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CPW seeks help in identifying man caught harassing moose in Frisco

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A picture recently posted to Facebook has caught the attention of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

In the picture, you can see a man standing dangerously close to a moose. According to one CPW officer, the moose is clearly very agitated.

"It is very evident from the photo that the moose is angry, and the man could easily have been attacked and injured, or possibly killed," said District Wildlife Manager Elissa Slezak of Summit County. "You can clearly see that the moose's ears are pinned back and its hackles are raised. It is likely this person does not realize how much danger he put himself in, or maybe he does not care.

According to CPW, a witness saw the man chase the moose onto a median Friday afternoon in the 900 block of 10 Mile Drive in Frisco. The witness snapped the picture as they drove past the man and the moose.

CPW wants to stress that moose do not attack people unprovoked, but they will aggressively defend themselves if threatened or harassed. Moose do not fear people and will stand their ground. CPW said that this can give the false impression that moose are tolerant of a human's presence.

"I strongly advise against approaching these animals," said Slezak. "They can weigh up to 1000 pounds, can run much faster than humans and possess a strong instinct for self-preservation."

Slezak also said that the man in the photo will likely be cited for harassment of wildlife if he is identified, but the bigger concern is making sure he doesn't repeat this behavior. "We hope a conversation with this individual can help him understand the danger involved."

If you have any information on this individual, call Operation Game Thief at 877-265-6648.

For more information on how to live responsibly with wildlife, visit the CPW website.

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