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Minnesota Moose Study Reveals Some Causes of Population Drop: Wolves and Abandonment

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Minnesota Moose Study Reveals Some Causes of Population Drop: Wolves and Abandonment

An ongoing study by Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), University of Minnesota, and local tribes has unveiled some potential answers as to why the Midwestern state’s moose seem to be disappearing. While it may be a bit too early to provide conclusive evidence, it has identified two large factors in the animal’s decline. Wolf predation and abandonment are among the most common causes of death for moose calves.

“Our moose population has [seen] a pretty drastic decline over the last 10 years or so and we started several rather large research projects to get a handle on what the mortality factors are,” Wildlife Research Manager Lou Cornicelli told OutdoorHub. ”Last winter we collared 110 adult moose, both male and female. We wait for an animal to die and usually retrieve in a period of 24 hours. That’s when we do a lot of diagnostic work to figure out the cause of death but so far it has been inconclusive.”

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