Ne­vada has moose now, and they’re dan­ger­ous

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USA TO­DAY Net­work RENO, NEV. Add “moose at­tack” to the list of haz­ards in the Ne­vada back­coun­try.

The state’s north­ern reaches ap­pear to be home to a small but grow­ing num­ber of the gan­gly un­gu­lates, ac­cord­ing to the Ne­vada De­part­ment of Wildlife. The in­creased num­ber of sight­ings sug­gests moose are no longer just vis­it­ing the Sil­ver State and are putting down roots.

“It’s time we start talk­ing about moose in Ne­vada,” said Kari Hueb­ner, an NDOW bi­ol­o­gist. “We’re start­ing to get enough sight­ings that we think we ac­tu­ally have a pop­u­la­tion here.”

The de­part­ment also wants peo­ple to know that moose can be dan­ger­ous and that any­one who sees one in the wild should view it from a safe dis­tance.

“They just get real ag­gres­sive, more so than the other wildlife we are used to in Ne­vada,” Hueb­ner said.

Ne­vada moose sight­ings in re­cent years have been con­cen­trated in Elko and north­ern Hum­boldt coun­ties.

And the sight­ings have in­cluded bulls, cows and calves, sug­gest­ing they’re es­tab­lish­ing a pop­u­la­tion.

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