Federal wildlife officials are asking for the public’s help in finding whoever illegally killed a wild moose in northwestern Minnesota.
A moose that wandered hundreds of miles away from its Northwoods habitat has died. The Department of Natural Resources told WCCO the moose was found in the backyard of a home in Sleepy Eye, a place it had been hanging out for the last week and a half.
Verna Wendinger was on her farmhouse porch on Sunday, pounding out a dust mop. That’s when she caught something near the backyard garden out the corner of her eye. Whatever it was seemed strangely out of place. “All of a sudden it turned around and, oh my!” Verna said. “My first thought was it was a horse, and oh, it’s got antlers.”
A Maple Lake, Minnesota couple is recovering after colliding with a moose earlier this week. Monday evening, Donald and Terry O’Connor were coming back from Buffalo along Highway 55. As they passed by the beach access to Maple Lake they crashed head on with a 900 pound bull moose.
You’ll be able to pay more for a new critical habitat license plate in Minnesota. The money raised will go to help pay for research into why our moose population is declining.
he state is partnering with a private conservation organization to raise funds to study why Minnesota’s moose population has dramatically declined in recent years and how that trend could be reversed.
Wildlife biologists attaching GPS tracking collars to the newborn moose are cautiously hopeful they’ve found a solution to some mothers abandoning their calves shortly after researchers attached the collars.
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The moose population in Voyageurs National Park appears to be holding relatively steady. An annual winter aerial survey estimates the moose population on the Kabetogema Peninsula at 40.
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 DNR, says the new estimate is very close to 2012’s estimate of 4,230.
Researchers plan to collar 52 adult moose in northeastern Minnesota starting this week in the second year of a high-tech study to determine why the iconic species is disappearing from the state. The radio collars use GPS to transmit alerts when a moose dies.
There’s a moose on the loose in Iowa, and officials said they’ve been able to track its every move because of dozens of calls from curious residents spotting the creature. The state Department of Natural Resources said it’s received many calls over several weeks about a male moose making its way from northern Iowa down south.
Why is the Minnesota Moose population declining?
The Gunflint Trail in northeastern Minnesota has long been one of the best spots in the state to see a moose in the wild. The big beasts are still around, although their numbers have dropped dramatically across the state – more than 50 percent since 2010.
State wildlife experts say our moose calves are dying at a faster rate than they should be. Researchers in northern Minnesota say more than 60 percent of the young moose they tracked have died within the first four months of their birth.