Moose hit near Grand Lake, dies |

Moose hit near Grand Lake, dies

At 11:30 a.m. Friday morning an adult cow moose was hit on US Highway 34 near the Bluebird Motel in the Grand Lake area.

The driver was headed southbound on US 34, went around a curve, couldn’t avoid the moose and hit it, according to Dan Mayer, Grand County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer.

A Grand County Sheriff’s Department deputy who was on scene euthanized the moose that suffered from a broken leg and couldn’t get up.

“We get a lot of animals hit on this stretch of road,” said District Wildlife Manager Jeromy Huntington for Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CP&W).

“Anywhere on US 34 near the Colorado River between mile post 11 and 13 is a popular area for animals to cross.”

Moose are active at dawn and dusk, he said.

After the moose was euthanized the meat was donate to a person on a list from CP&W. To get on the list a person must meet certain income requirements, Huntington said.

Use Caution

Officials say to use caution while driving around Grand County this weekend and specifically the area in Grand Lake near the Colorado River.

Watch your speed, look ahead for wildlife jumping out into the road and be aware of your surroundings while driving.

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