Video shows bull moose asserting dominance in Fairplay

Posted at 1:57 PM, Dec 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-06 15:57:11-05

FAIRPLAY – Colorado Parks & Wildlife shared video from Fairplay on Monday as a group of bull moose were gathered together in what appears to be someone’s backyard.

It was a peaceful sight with all the snow on the ground as the large animals had a contest of “who’s in charge.”

The person who shot the video was in an elevated position and out of danger.

Keep in mind that you need to maintain a safe distance away from moose. Due to conservation measures we have a very healthy moose population across the state. More animals means more chances for interactions with people.

Don’t be fooled by the size of a moose – they can and will move fast if they believe you are a threat.

According to Colorado Parks & Wildlife, moose typically respond to threats by raising their hackles on the back of their neck, licking their snout and pinning their ears back. They may bluff-charge at first, then turn back and charge aggressively, kicking and stomping the threat with their sharp hooves and powerful front legs.

Another tip: don’t try to feed them. In fact, don’t try to feed any wild animal other than a bird in Colorado. You could be cited and fined for doing so as it could cause them to become too familiar with humans and pose a danger.

Below is the Public Service Message by CPW on moose encounters.