MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Scientists are trying to figure out why the moose population in Minnesota has gone down as much as 65 percent.
The answers aren’t good news.READ MORE: 'It Was Pretty Chaotic': At Least 3 Dead In Montana Amtrak Train Derailment
The Minnesota DNR captured 49 moose calves and fitted them with GPS transmitter collars. Days after finishing their work, 22 of the newborn moose had already died.READ MORE: Minnesota Weather: #Top10WxWeekend Continues With Summery Sunday
The DNR said most were killed by bears and wolves.
A University of Minnesota Duluth researcher said the moose population can thrive with only 40 percent of calves surviving.MORE NEWS: MN Rep. Ilhan Omar Visits Afghan Evacuees At Fort McCoy Calling It 'Uplifting' And 'Emotional'
But moose calf survival has dropped below 30 percent in recent years.