Maroon Valley moose sightings prompt warnings

ASPEN, Colo. - An uptick in moose sightings near Aspen is prompting fresh warnings and trail closures.

U.S. Forest Service officials are discussing a moose management plan including dog limits for the Maroon Bells area after some moose sightings near hiking trails.

The Aspen Times reports the agency closed a scenic loop on the upper end of Maroon Lake last weekend. Wildlife managers have identified seven moose in the area.

Officials with Colorado Parks and Wildlife say it's a matter of time before a wildlife observer or a hiker with a dog provokes a moose attack.

Mature cows and bulls weigh up to 1,200 pounds.

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