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Dealing with the privileges and dangers of calving season in the Colorado mountains
Dealing with the privileges and dangers of calving season in the Colorado mountains

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Tracy Feldman and Chrissy Lundquist were hiking the Adam’s Way trail in Eagle with Chrissy’s two dogs on June 2 when they spotted something unusual in the sage near the trail.

As they got closer, they realized it was a baby ungulate, a deer or moose, curled up and motionless, but awake and breathing, with no visible injuries.

Even when the women approached the animal with their dogs on a leash and walked past it again, it did not react in any way to their presence.

Concerned that the animal might be injured, the women called Layton Stutsman, one of the wildlife managers for the Colorado Parks & Wildlife District in Eagle County. Based on their description, he identified the animal as a moose calf and told them that the mother had likely temporarily abandoned the calf and would return later to pick it up. He said under no circumstances should they attempt to move the calf.

Read the full story at VailDaily.com.

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By Everly