Moose are Finding a New Home In Steamboat Springs

It’s hard to believe that 20 years ago it was a rare siting to see a moose in Colorado. During the 1970s, only a few stray moose wandered the state. Their numbers were slowly increasing, but not enough to boost the population. In 1978, The Colorado division of Wildlife arranged the first transplant of 12 Utah moose into the Walden area. Then in 1979, 12 more Wyoming moose were transplanted in the same area. After one more transplant in 1987, their numbers soared.

As this population grew, they began migrating over the Continental Divide and into Routt County. The Yampa Valley is ideal habitat for moose and without any natural predators their population is thriving. Moose can be seen almost on any given day in Steamboat Springs. They have adapted well in their new home and if admired from a distance can be enjoyed for years to come.

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