abc
QUICK LINKS:

Moose Researchers Seek to Avert Abandonments

Updated: 06/08/2014 6:50 PM
Created: 06/08/2014 6:38 PM WDIO.com
By: STEVE KARNOWSKI
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - 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.

Researchers studying northeastern Minnesota's declining moose population started collaring adult moose early last year. When calves were born in spring they'd allow time for mothers and calves to bond, then swoop in by helicopter to collar the calves and perform health checks. That approach has worked well elsewhere.

But in Minnesota seven of 31 mothers abandoned nine freshly collared calves last spring, and the problem persisted this spring despite quieter approaches on foot.

So they devised yet another strategy: slipping a collar onto the calves and leaving within 15 seconds. So far it's working.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Minnesota DNR photo

Front Page

  • One Dead after Home Invasion in Ray, Minn.

    The Koochiching County Sheriff's Office responded to 5741 Highway 53 around 6 a.m. on Saturday in regards to a shooting that was a result of a home invasion. The suspect later died from his injuries at the Rainy Lake Medical Center.

  • Search for Missing Hurley Man May Be Over

    Ironwood officials said that the search for a missing Hurley man may be over after a vehicle was found submerged in 10 feet of water. The Public Safety Department posted to their Facebook page that the vehicle was found in Ironwood in the caves near Alfred Wright Boulevard.

  • DFL Makes Campaign Push in Minnesota

    Summer is here to enjoy, but an election is just 100 days away so politicians and their supporters are ramping up campaigns in Minnesota. DFLers gathered in Duluth to hit the streets and win over voters on Sunday.

  • Car Accident Near Moose Lake Injures Three People

    A serious two vehicle accident on County Road 61 south of Moose Lake brought three people to the hospital Sunday afternoon.

  • Virginia Fire Under Investigation

    A porch fire in Virginia Sunday morning is currently under investigation. The Virginia Fire Department responded to a fire at 309 1/2 6th Avenue North in Virginia around 6 a.m.

 
Advertisement