The loss of two moose shot during the elk hunt, as well as others being scattered, has resulted in a supplemental transplant in the Fishlake National Forest.
The transplant of 10 moose was approved by Fishlake Forest and Utah Division of Wildlife personnel.Moose were introduced into the forest about a year ago. It included 30 animals that were released near the Frying Pan Campground north of Fish Lake.
Forest Service and DWR officials noted that the animals scattered much more than had been anticipated. Moose from the original transplant have been seen as far away as Escalante in Garfield County on the south to Joe's Valley Reservoir in Emery County on the north. Some have also been sighted in Capitol Reef National Park and in Marysvale Canyon in Piute County, said Gary Laing, Loa District ranger on the Fishlake Forest.
Officials of the two federal and state agencies are enthused about the possibility of establishing moose in the Fishlake Forest if the animals will accept it as their new home. Norm Bowden, DWR game manager, said the animals have minimal forage competition with livestock. Also, they cause little crop or hay stack damage because they prefer to winter at higher elevations than other big game animals.
Moose also show less concern for people than elk or deer, so they are interesting animals for people to observe or photograph, said Fishlake Forest Supervisor Kent Taylor.
Animals in the supplemental transplant have been fitted with radio transmitter collars so government personnel can monitor their locations.