Nebraska wildlife officials are reminding people in Scotts Bluff County to be safe and respectful if they happen to come across a pair of moose that are enjoying our wetland areas this early November.
A bull and cow moose were spotted by law enforcement over the weekend, with a number of people posting pictures and video on social media.
Game and Parks Big Game Research Biologist Todd Nordeen says it’s not unusual to see moose paired up in the fall. “Actually, it’s their mating season, which begins generally in mid- to late-September and carries into October and maybe a little into November,” says Nordeen, “So, seeing a bull and cow together this time of year would actually be normal.”
It’s believed the pair has followed the North Platte River out of Wyoming, and Nordeen says while it’s possible the animals could establish a local range, our area would likely be on the fringe of their preferred habitat. “It might be difficult for them to establish a population, but we’ll see. They’re a resilient animal, and it appears we have a few that like it here.”
The moose have been staying primarily on private property, and law enforcement says anyone trespassing to get a closer look at the animals could be prosecuted accordingly.