Moose in Nevada?

Up until recently, you weren’t likely to see moose (Alces alces) in Nevada. However, that’s starting to change. Moose sightings are on the rise, prompting the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) to launch a citizen science project. NDOW is asking that folks who spot a moose send in their photos or videos along with details of when and where the images were captured. Wildlife officials are trying to get an idea of where moose are showing up so they can work on mapping their distribution, with the goal of eventually conducting aerial surveys to get a rough population estimate.

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However, moose haven’t always been in Nevada. Since the 1950’s, wildlife officials have recorded the occasional observation, but that number has been on the rise for the last 20 years or so. NDOW biologists believe that the moose are venturing into Nevada from the nearby state of Idaho. So far they’ve established a presence in Elko County, but biologists are cautious about estimating how many are now calling Nevada home.

If you should spot a moose, NDOW is asking that you email them any photos that you take or submit them via Facebook Messenger. Please remember that moose are dangerous animals — especially a cow protecting her calves. Always maintain a safe distance from any wildlife!

Denise Peterson

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