Colorado parks department trying to identify man who chased an angry moose in Frisco

A man chased an angry moose onto a median in Frisco.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking the public to help identify a man who was photographed standing a few feet away from an angry moose in Frisco on Friday afternoon.

A passing driver saw a man chase the moose onto the median in the middle of a busy stretch of Colorado Highway 9 south of Dillon Dam Road. The driver slowed down and his passenger snapped a photo of the man next to the agitated moose.

Summit County’s District Wildlife Manager Elissa Slezak said in a statement that the moose was clearly angry, noting pinned back ears and raised hackles. The man could have easily been attacked and injured or killed.

“It is likely this person does not realize how much danger he put himself in, or maybe he does not care,” Slezak said in the statement. “We hope a conversation with this individual can help him understand the danger involved.”

If identified, the man would likely be cited for harassment of wildlife. But Slezak said the biggest concern is to make sure the individual does not repeat his behavior.

Moose can weigh up to 1,000 pounds, are faster than humans and have a strong instinct for self-preservation, according to the parks and wildlife statement. They do not attack people unprovoked but they will defend themselves aggressively if threatened or harassed. The large animals do not fear people.

Anyone with information can call the Operation Game Thief anonymously at 877-265-6648. Awards are available if the information leads to an arrest or citation.

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