In Colorado, it is illegal to feed big game animals – and yes, that includes pizza, too.
Jefferson County Open Space Ranger Ben Stanley took to Twitter earlier this month after catching a group of visitors in the cheesy act stating, "took a report of visitors trying to pet and feed a moose pizza in Clear Creek Canyon on Sunday. Please don’t approach wildlife for any reason, moose can be extremely dangerous."
Took a report of visitors trying to pet and feed a moose pizza in Clear Creek Canyon on Sunday. Please don’t approach wildlife for any reason, moose can be extremely dangerous. Save the pizza for the Rangers. @JeffcoOpenSpace #jeffcotrails pic.twitter.com/mURXcSsv10— Ben (@JCOSRangerBen) August 10, 2020
According to a report from Fox 31, dozen of people crowded around a young moose trying to pet and feed it pizza before it got scared and disappeared into the wilderness.
An adult moose can weigh between 800 to 1,200 pounds, with bulls reaching up to 6 feet tall at the shoulder. Due to their large size, moose are one of the most dangerous wild animals in the state.
While it may seem like common sense not to feed wildlife, this isn't the first time it's been a problem. Recently, a black bear had to be put down in Larkspur after attacking a resident just outside of his home. While the case remains under investigation, wildlife officials believe the resident was likely feeding the bear.
In a similar incident, a woman lured several deers into her home with a buffet of foods including bread, apples, carrots, bananas, and cereal.
Anyone who's from Colorado knows that you see wildlife practically everywhere you go, but getting too close is extremely dangerous. Wild animals that are intentionally fed often lose their natural fear of humans and behave aggressively.
“People who feed deer do more harm than good,” says Trina Lynch, a district wildlife manager with the Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
It's never a good idea to feed wildlife and those who do so could face a fine of up to $100, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
Editor's Note: Please remember, feeding wildlife is both harmful and unlawful.