“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Grand Lake in Grand County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)


Moose Marker image. Click for full size.
By Connor Olson, August 25, 2020
1. Moose Marker
Inscription.  The Kawuneeche Valley is prime moose habitat. Wetlands along the Colorado River support aquatic plants, willows, and Aspen that moose eat.

Moose frequented here, then were hunted out of the area by the early 1900s. In the late 1970s, the Colorado division of wildlife we introduced twenty-four Moose from Wyoming to North Park, just west of here on the other side of the Never Summer Mountains.

Moose are generally solitary and unpredictable animals. For safety, view them from a distance. If a wild animla changes its behavior because of you, you are too close.

Female moose stand five to 7 feet tall at the shoulder and weighed 600 to 1,000 pounds. Eight months after the "rut," or mating season, cows give birth to a single calf or twins. Though cows have no antlers, they will attack with sharp whooves to protect their young.
A mature male may stand up to 7 1/2 feet tall at the shoulder, and weigh up to 1,600 pounds. They can charge at 35 mph. Bulls grow velvet-covered antlers each spring, culminating in a flattened rack 6 to 7 feet wide.

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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1970.
Location. 40° 22.321′ N, 105° 51.479′ W. Marker is near Grand Lake, Colorado, in Grand County. Marker is on Ditch Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grand Lake CO 80447, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Never Summer Ranch (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Holzwarth Trout Lodge 1920-29 (approx. 0.2 miles away); People of Kawuneeche Valley (approx. 0.2 miles away); Continental Divide (approx. 4.1 miles away); Gore Range (approx. 6.3 miles away); Trail Ridge Road at Rock Cut (approx. 7.2 miles away); Old Fall River Road (approx. 7.3 miles away); Roger Wolcott Toll (approx. 7.6 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 9, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photo   1. submitted on January 9, 2021, by Connor Olson of Lemmon, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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