A bull moose died this week after becoming entangled in electrical cords attached to snowmaking equipment at Keystone Ski Resort.
Ski resort workers found the moose wrapped in wires. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials said the animal died of “capture myopathy,” which is defined as stress and physical exertion from being restrained. Station workers dragged the dead moose down the mountain behind a truck. An anonymous source captured the deletion on video that was sent to the Colorado Sun.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials investigated the animal’s death after the resort reported the incident. Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman John Livingston called the death “a unique and very rare situation that no one I’ve spoken to at CPW has ever seen happen before.”
Livingston said Summit County wildlife officials at the agency do not recall anything similar at any of the county’s four ski areas.
The agency is working with Keystone officials on strategies to prevent the death of another animal. It is likely that the station will begin to cover its snow guns and electrical cords. The electrical wires supporting snowmaking machines are thicker and larger than typical extension cords.
“As a moose is wrapped up in something like this, it will pull and push harder and harder to try to break free and entangle itself even more,” Livingston said, noting that the animal’s meat has was donated to a local non-profit organization.
A Vail Resorts spokeswoman said resort workers have never encountered any animals tangled in snowmaking equipment. Colorado Parks and Wildlife said it is working with the company on any operational adjustments to better protect wildlife.
“This was a sad and rare accident. Even still, we plan to do more in the future to prevent rare events like this from happening at all,” Lindsay Hogan of Vail Resorts said in a statement sent. via email.”We immediately notified Colorado Parks and Wildlife when the moose was discovered and removed the moose under their guidance and direction.”
Last month, the company clashed with the Keystone Forest Service when work to install the elevator stretched beyond an allowable limit. Keystone has been forced to delay the opening of a new chairlift in its Bergman Bowl for a year as it struggles to repair damage caused by the illegal temporary road the company built over the boundary forest of the ski area.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife said this is the time of year when wildlife officers typically see more problems with wildlife getting caught in nets, decorative lights, hammocks and fences in populated areas. . Residents of Park City, Utah this week captured video of sheriff’s deputies releasing a bull moose entangled in a garden hammock. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers this week in Estes Park calmed a bull elk to cut the fences of the animal’s antlers.
“As this incident shows, it’s important for all members of our mountain communities to be vigilant when it comes to finding ways to be a good neighbor to wildlife,” Livingston said.
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