abc
QUICK LINKS:

Moose Mortality Study Continues, Population Drop Still a Mystery

Created: 02/11/2014 10:52 PM WDIO.com

The Minnesota DNR is collaring more moose for a study to find out why the herd is disappearing in the Arrowhead.

A helicopter crew is flying through Superior National Forest to attach GPS collars to 36 moose, replacing moose that died or weren't suitable for the study.

The study has already been ongoing for a year, but there is still much more work to do.

"We have three years that we are trying to maintain our sample size of 100 animals, but with the life of the collars we're really looking at a 7-8 year project," said Michelle Carstensen, supervisor of the DNR's Wildlife Health Program. "Through that time we're going to gain a lot more understanding of the causes of mortality and capture year- to-year variation."

But experts are looking beyond just moose themselves to determine why the iconic animal is disappearing. They're applying a multi-faceted approach.

"There's a wolf project as it relates to wolf, moose, and deer, there's a tick study, there's all sorts of studies that are going on concurrently all trying to get at this same problem," said Lou Conicelli, a Wildlife Research Program manager with the DNR. "At some point and time they will all come together with hopefully management recommendations."

But as of yet, the Minnesota DNR says there isn't enough data to answer with certainty why Minnesota's moose population has dropped 52 percent since 2010.

To read more about the moose mortality study, click here.

Front Page

  • Blue Angels Practice For Weekend Air Show in Duluth

    It's breathtaking and maybe a little nerve racking to watch, but it's a typical day at the office for Lieutenant Commander John Hiltz. The Blue Angels went up for a practice run Thursday. They're in town for the Duluth Air Show that kicks off on Saturday.

  • Navy Divers Show Off Their Skills at Great Lakes Aquarium

    It may be time for the Duluth Air Show, but not all the action is up in the sky. Navy divers stopped by the Great Lakes Aquarium to dive with some local fish and show off their skills to the public. 

  • Northland Kids Hang Out With Navy Seals in Duluth

    Navy Seals were grounded Thursday, but they still entertained kids with the Boy and Girls Club. The eight-member parachute team was suppose to drop in at the Heritage Sports Center for a few hundred kids, but our weather changed the plans. Other fun was had for Navy Week Duluth.

  • How to Beat the Crowds at the Minnesota State Fair

    Some people pick their days at the Minnesota State Fair based on the weather, others on their work or school schedules. However, a lot of fair goers want to avoid the longest lines.

  • Political Candidates see Opportunity at State Fair

    Political candidates foraging for fall votes are settling in at the Minnesota State Fair. With more than 1.7 million people expected to roam the grounds during the 12-day run, candidates for governor, senator and other offices are shaking hands and spreading their messages.

 
Advertisement