The transplanting of moose on the Grand Mesa will continue despite the deaths of three of six animals captured earlier this week. Initial examination of the remains of a male, female, and young moose show they died from various physical problems that could have contributed to their deaths.
Randy Hampton of the Division of Wildlife said Thursday that deep snow and the trauma of capture also may have contributed to the exceptionally high mortality. He added that the snow depths will probably have to shrink in the capture area near Creede before any more Colorado moose will be moved, but that won't keep an additional program in Utah from proceeding.
Hampton also said the company hired by the DOW to capture the moose is qualified to do the job. Attorneys for Pathfinder Helicopters Incorporated filed an appeal with the state in December stating that Quicksilver Air Incorporated, the company that did this weeks' moose transfers, was not experienced in catching moose using nets and could not do the job.
A decision on that appeal is expected in 7 to 10 days.
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