STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – A pair of bull moose wandered into a Steamboat Springs cul-de-sac Sunday morning.
The more mature male sported antlers freshly shedding their velvet.READ MORE: Wildfire Sparks In Ptarmigan Wilderness Above Town Of Silverthorne
This shedding typically occurs just prior to the fall mating season and leaves new, shiny set for display and — if called upon — ready for battle.
A Colorado Parks & Wildlife web page dedicated to the animal says the mating season begins in mid-September and runs through October.
The cows then calve the following May and June.READ MORE: Hector Frias-Chavarria Sentenced For Drunken & Deadly Road Rage Crash
After the mating season, the bulls shed their antlers. They immediately begin growing a new velvet-covered pair, increasing in size as the male ages. A fully mature bull’s rack may reach five feet across.
Colorado’s moose population blossomed following reintroduction efforts 40 years ago. A dozen moose were transplanted here three separate times from Utah and Wyoming, then 100 were shipped in during the early 1990’s.MORE NEWS: High COVID Plateau In Colorado Somewhat Dependent On Vaccines For Children
They number more than 1,000 today.