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DNR: Minn. Moose Population Estimated At 4,350

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Wildlife managers have estimated Minnesota’s moose population at 4,350. While that’s higher than last winter’s figure, they say there’s been no significant change in the population trend.

Lou Cornicelli, wildlife research manager for the Department of Natural Resources, says the new estimate is very close to 2012’s estimate of 4,230. He says that suggests last year’s figure of 2,760 may have undercounted the animals. He says this year’s higher estimate is likely a result of ideal snow conditions for the aerial survey, not an actual increase.

The DNR says the long-term trend shows Minnesota’s moose population continuing a significant decline. This year’s higher number is about half the 2006 estimate of 8,840.

The agency won’t decide about a 2014 moose hunting season before consulting with northeastern Minnesota’s Chippewa bands.

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