ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife managers say Minnesota’s moose population continues to decline, and that’s going to affect their decision on a moose hunting season this fall.

The annual aerial survey released Thursday by the Department of Natural Resources shows the state’s moose population dropped from an estimated 4,900 in 2011 to 4,230 in 2012. The population was estimated at 8,840 in 2006 and has been declining since them for reasons that scientists say are not well understood, but diseases and parasites are thought to be factors.

But the survey shows some positive trends — improved calf survival and a higher bull-to-cow ratio.

The DNR says it will be evaluating the data and consulting with tribal biologists before making a decision on a hunting season. The decision will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Comments (6)
  1. Mike says:

    Open a wolf season and watch the numbers turn around.

  2. Granola Eater says:

    Wolf re-introduction has been a success!

  3. Marcus Bachmann at do do says:

    should I send Shelley up to show them how to procreate?

  4. Teacher says:

    Ahhh yes the redneck answer to everything…”Shoot the wolf” That’ll turn it around….however do not mention DEER numbers are THROUGH THE ROOF, they have a parasite that kill moose, habittat is becoming harder to come by because for every wetland that drys up the ones that dont are being drained and built on and in the arrowhead region, many moose fled into Canadian wilderness with the Ham lake fires.

    Now believe it or not I am a fan of a wolf season and do feel it will add to an increased chance in moose young to grow…however pulling out your “give me a gun” broad brush is really doing nothing, but sticking a band aid on a wound the size of a bowling ball….we need to look a bit deeper…add a wolf season, but lets not get carried away with slaughtering them either, keep hunting those deer and lets look at wildlife habitat management oppportunities as well.

    Alaska has wolves…lots of ’em…and they have moose walking down mainstreet so lets think this through a bit more then that people.

  5. Will says:

    The DNR should establish a “slot” limit for moose, wolves, and other symbiotic species. Such an approach has done wonders for the natural fauna and ecology of lakes, notwithstanding the politics and economy of areas impacted.

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