Colorado Division of Wildlife officials say a program to reintroduce moose to the Grand Mesa will be temporarily halted after a bull in northern Colorado tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease. The D.O.W. regional office in Grand Junction has been receiving calls from citizens concerned that the ill moose was found in that Grand Mesa population, but the positive result for C.W.D. was from an animal from the North Park herd near Walden.
Randy Hampton with the Division of Wildlife says the discovery of chronic wasting disease was surprising. He says the decision to halt the Grand Mesa transplants was made as a precaution.
Five of the 25 moose transplanted to the Grand Mesa last winter have died from various causes. None are believed to be connected to chronic wasting disease. Hampton says it is unfortunate that these animals died, but he notes that most of the animals came from areas where interactions with humans were becoming a problem and those animals would have been killed.
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