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Moose Population in Western Upper Peninsula Estimated at 509

An aerial survey photo shows moose south of Lake Michigamme in the western Upper Peninsula. An aerial survey photo shows moose south of Lake Michigamme in the western Upper Peninsula. |  Photo: Neil Harri via Michigan DNR

JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer
Created: March 15, 2019 10:11 AM

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - Officials say the moose population in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula continues to inch upward.

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A recently completed aerial survey estimated the herd at 509 animals in a core area that includes parts of Marquette, Baraga and Iron counties. The Department of Natural Resources says moose there are increasing about 2 percent a year.

The DNR says the total doesn't include a small number believed to wander outside the core area, or a herd of fewer than 100 in the eastern Upper Peninsula.

The previous survey in 2017 was cut short because of bad weather. It put the population at 378, but officials believe a complete study would have turned up 420 to 470 moose.

The department says there aren't enough moose for them to be hunted.

RELATED: Northeastern Minnesota Moose Population Low but Stable

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JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer

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