Unlike other Western states, Colorado’s moose population is growing. It’s healthier than ever with an estimated 2300 moose across the state. While other states are grappling with why their herds are shrinking, Colorado is studying the population’s fast growth. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.
Anda Rojs Smalls has lived in the Aspen area for over a decade. But, it was just recently that she saw a moose.
"My first moose sighting was about two years ago, in the summertime, with my kids up at the Maroon Lake," she says.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say a mountain lion ate a colt near Cedaredge last week, and they have shot a bear that killed some 40 chickens near Paonia. When wildlife are a danger to livestock or people, it’s up to the state’s Parks and Wildlife agency to put them down. Last year about 45 wild animals were shot or euthanized in the Muddy Creek area of Delta and Gunnison counties – mostly for predation of sheep.