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Moose are moving closer to Aspen

Sep 18, 2015

A member of the Open Space and Trails board snapped this photo of a bull moose in the Meadowood subdivision near Aspen.
Credit Facebook/Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Pitkin County’s Open Space and Trails Department is planning to put up signs about moose on some of its properties after several reports of sightings. 

It’s the first time in recent memory moose have been spotted at places like the North Star Nature Preserve, along the Hunter Creek trail and near the Roaring Fork River in the midvalley.

Education materials on how to behave around moose are prolific in areas like the Maroon Bells. Now, Assistant Director of Pitkin County Open Space Gary Tennenbaum says his department will add them to their properties.

"These are all pretty new sightings and so, we’re definitely adapting to the fact that moose are moving in. We want to get information out to people so they know how to interact with moose in the area."

Moose breeding season, or rut, started in mid-September. Tennenbaum says the animals may be covering more ground in search of a mate. He expects the signs will start to go up later this year.