Joyce Deming and Paul Ellis both sent me emails they had received from dowinsider.wildlife@state.co.us that we all thought would be interesting to our community and would like to share with you.  These emails are sent periodically from The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission.

The first article is titled “South Park moose to be collared for study,” sent Tuesday, February 19, 2013 10:29 am.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife - MooseGPS collars will be placed on 5 South Park cow moose to be able to track their movements and to learn more about them.  Moose can weigh up to 1,100 pounds, can be 6 feet tall at the shoulder, and 9.5 feet long, making them the largest of the deer family.  They have poor vision, however their excellent hearing and sense of smell more than make up for it.  Moose can run up to 50 mph and are excellent swimmers.  Moose graze on grasses, forbs, underwater vegetation, bushes, and willows.  Moose are hard to spot as they have dark hides, do not roam in herds, and can easily hide in the willows and trees.  To read the whole article, click on the title underlined and listed above.

The second article is titled “Mountain lions may be visiting your neighborhood without you even knowing it,” sent Tuesday, February 19, 2013 8:25 am.

Mountain lions do not hibernate, are mostColorado Parks & Wildlife - Mountain Lion active at night, hunt for deer and small mammals, and can roam more than 20 miles to find food or mates.  When a deer is killed, part of the meat is eaten and the rest is covered up with dirt or leaves until the lion returns to eat more.  Lions will remain in the area until all the meat is eaten or spoiled which could take up to a week during the colder months.  It is illegal to feed deer as it brings them into a neighborhood, attracting mountain lions and puts everyone at risk.  In order to keep your pets safe, you should avoid leaving them out alone especially during the hours between sunset and sunrise.  If you do see a mountain lion, stay calm, stand upright and try to appear larger by raising your arms and holding your jacket open wide, talk loudly and back away slowly.  Do not approach a mountain lion, do not turn your back, and do not run.  To read the whole article, click on the title underlined and listed above.

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