ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Recent snowfall in northeastern Minnesota is letting researchers finally get going on their annual aerial survey of the region’s struggling moose population.


The survey, conducted yearly since 1960, provides critical data for determining the moose population and setting the number of moose hunting permits.


The Department of Natural Resources says the count was supposed to begin three weeks ago, but researchers had to wait until now because they need at least eight inches of snow on the ground to make it easier to spot moose in heavy cover. The survey is expected to last two to three weeks, depending on the weather.


Researchers are trying to determine why northeastern Minnesota’s moose population has fallen from about 8,000 during the middle of the last decade to less than 5,000 now.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments (2)
  1. dan says:

    How many surveys does the DNR need to waste money on to determine that wolves are killing off the Moose in Minnesota? It seems like they keep looking for another study that might show anything but wolves are the reason for the decline..

  2. Frank says:

    Wolves are part of it, but I think there’s ample reason to believe that deer-borne illnesses are to blame as well. We’ve created a situation that is almost untenable for the moose, because too many wolves means increased predation whereas too many deer means an increase in disease. The natural balance has been thrown out of whack and now we are likely seeing the end of the moose in Minnesota–certainly in the NW and possibly also in the NE. Sad day.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Watch & Listen LIVE