A-Moose Yourself with Fun and Prizes At Grand Mesa Moose Day
There's still time to make the most of summer with an exciting family-friendly event on the Grand Mesa in Western Colorado.
According to a press release from Colorado Parks and Wildlife, preparations are being made for the 12th Annual Grand Mesa Moose Day!
Moose, Meese, or Mooses?
The Moose gets its name from the Algonquin Indian word meaning "eater of twigs." Many people commonly ask themselves, "what is the plural of Moose?"
The answer? Moose! It would be a Mee-stake to call Moose, "Meeses," or to add an "s" to the end of Moose. Why? Well, the most simple explanation would be due to the fact that the word "Moose" is not actually an English term, instead, it is borrowed or loaned.
Another, simpler explanation is that the English language tends to play by and break its own rules, so we just go with the flow on this one.
Why We Celebrate the Moose In Colorado
It may be hard to believe, but Moose actually weren't that prevalent here in Colorado just a few decades ago.
Moose from Wyoming would occasionally visit Colorado but they didn't come in large enough numbers to grow their population here. In the late 1970s, Colorado wildlife managers decided to give our very low Moose numbers a push and transported a dozen Moose to Colorado.
Less than 10 years later they did it again, and between 1991 and 1992 approximately 100 moose from Wyoming, Utah, and North Park were released in southern Colorado near Creede.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has proved to be successful with the reintroduction of the Moose to Colorado because these days their population of about 3,000 is thriving.
Mark Your Calendars For Grand Mesa Moose Day
To celebrate this majestic animal there is an annual event that takes place on the Grand Mesa. There will be prizes and fun activities to participate in all while learning about Colorado’s Shiras Moose.
This amazing event is happening at the United States Forest Service Visitor Center on July 30, from 10 AM to 3 PM.
Directions: Take Highway 65 from Interstate 70 by Plateau Creek, Exit 49, or drive up Highway 50 from nearby Delta and follow it up to the USFS Visitor's Center.