Moose Population High for Rifle Hunting Season
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Hunters across the Western Slope are gearing up for the start moose rifle hunting season.
Officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife say moose population has increased over the past several years and now exceeds over 2,000 statewide.
The Grand Mesa alone currently hosts over 300 moose, a big increase from the estimated 80 moose that resided there in 2006.
Colorado hunters have played a big factor in the health of the moose population by both controlling the population and supporting the department with license purchases.
"One of the reasons that the moose are here is with sportsman's dollars and one measure of success is the increasing opportunity for hunting," said Mike Porras, Public Information Officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. "It's a really great thing for our sportsman and the local economies that depend on hunting."
Archery and muzzleloading rifle season for moose ended on Sunday.
Rifle hunting season lasts from October 1st through October 14th.