COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- Colorado Parks and Wildlife is reminding residents in Colorado Springs to keep a safe distance from moose.
Friday, CPW sent out a warning of two bull moose seen along Monument Creek this week. They were seen enjoying the willows and bedding in the shade.
According to CPW, moose often go unnoticed due to their dark brown coat and affinity for thick brushes.
If you see a moose, CPW asks you to follow the "Rule of Thumb." If you hold up your thumb and can still see the moose, it's too close!
While moose can oftentimes seem docile through their movements, CPW reminds people to not be fooled. If a moose approaches someone, they're not looking to make friends.
Watch them as they slowly move along the creek. They appear docile but don't be fooled. If a moose approaches, it is not being friendly. Watch for signs of aggression: ears back, hair on rump raised, licking snout. Then get to safety! (4/5) pic.twitter.com/PCt7lp5EKe— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) July 8, 2022
According to wildlife officials, moose weigh between 800 lbs. and 1,200 lbs. and stand six feet at the shoulder. They can also run 35 mph.
If a moose charges you, run. CPW advises getting something large between yourself and the animal. Signs of aggression include ears back, hair on rump raised, and licking snout.
In June, CPW told KRDO that dogs are oftentimes catalysts for moose attacks. People are encouraged to keep their dogs at home when they go into areas moose could be.
For more tips on watching for moose, keeping safe, and respecting their space, click here.