The History of Moose in RMNP
Name: The History of Moose in RMNP
Date: August 17, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM CDT
Even though not guaranteed we should see moose and even some that have radio collars. The story of present day moose in Rocky Mountain National Park did not get started until 1978. Before 1978 there is some debate on if moose were considered residents of the park. We will discuss why there is some debate and where the present population came from. The focus of the day will be on what they eat, their seasonal behavior, why some are wearing radio collars, and their impact on the delicate willow communities of Kawuneeche Valley. Other questions we will answer are their relationship to other wildlife in the park such as elk and birds, do they have any predators that still exist in the park and why are willows showing such a dramatic decline? The cause maybe a surprise when we discuss the relationship between avian sapsuckers, a fungus, beaver, wildfire, elk and what does all that have to do with moose? We will also discuss present and future park management of this charismatic species.