ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The moose population in northeastern Minnesota continues to decline.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says based on an aerial survey conducted in January, wildlife researchers estimate there are 4,900 moose in northeastern Minnesota. That’s down from last year’s estimate of 5,500 moose.

The moose survey also finds the proportion of cows accompanied by calves continued a 14-year decline, dropping to a record low of 24 calves per 100 cows. The proportion of cows accompanied by twin calves was at the lowest level since 1999, and that contributed to the record low calf-to-cow ratio.

Reasons for the declining moose population are not well understood, but researchers suspect increasingly warmer weather is a factor.

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Comments (6)
  1. Phil says:

    I feel bad, but we cannot control the weather. It appears if you want to see Mose in the future, you will have to go to Canada, or we need to come up with a hybrid that can stand warmer temperatures.

    1. @Phil? says:

      Global Warming is just a theory and barely at that. What about the wolf population and that it is going up.

  2. Frank says:

    The theory of global warming being a theory is just that. Where is the wolf population going up at? WI it is going up, but its not going up in NE MN so high that it would account for the Moose decline.
    A major factor in the moose decline aside from warming temps are deer born wasting disease that affect moose. If we could let the food chain work rather than tampering with the preditors like wolves, mountain lions, lynx… because people cant live with in nature with out killing everything they dont understand or are afraid of… nature would have a better chance of taking care of itself.

  3. Phil says:

    I said weather, not global warming. This change in temperatures may be temporary, but if it lasts another 20 years, the moose will all be gone. Also the Wolf population can take a larger variation in temperatures than Moose can and so they continue to thrive.

  4. Jere Powers says:

    Why are moose doing well in Maine, where it is considerably warmer? Is it a different kind of moose – some variation?

  5. Mikey says:

    A Møøse once bit my sister …