CPW and U.S. Army Members Help Rescue Moose in Colorado Springs
More than a dozen Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers, as well as several members of the U.S. Army, helped to rescue and relocate a massive moose in Colorado Springs last week.
According to CPW, on Tuesday (July 22) a young, 750-pound bull moose wandered onto a golf course along CO Highway 115 near the Broadmoor. Because the moose was in such close proximity to so many people and vehicles, wildlife manager, Cody Wigner, decided the best option was to catch the animal and move it to a safer location.
A team of CPW officers spent hours tracking the moose on Tuesday but weren't able to successfully catch it.
By Thursday (July 24), the moose had made its way to the Fort Carson Army base. After it was spotted there, CPW teamed with Fort Carson Conservation Law Enforcement officers to track it again. Although it took five hours, the team was eventually able to catch the moose and tranquilize it. However, when the moose was darted with the tranquilizer, it bolted and dropped into a nearby creek. In a joint effort, CPW and army officers swarmed the moose to prevent it from drowning. From there, the group rolled the moose onto tarps so that they could lift it from the creek.
The moose was then hauled into an Army loader, which helped to get it up the steep embankment. CPW then transferred him to their trailer, where they could further assess everything. Soon after, the moose revived from the tranquilizer and he was given a cold shower to cool off and help lower stress levels.
CPW transported the moose to the mountains, and he was released in much more appropriate habitat. Wildlife officers explained that this type of scenario is what makes them happiest — being able to rescue a wild animal from a bad situation and send it back out into the wild.