Annual moose survey shows continued population stability in Minnesota

Wildlife biologists from the Minnesota DNR, 1854 Treaty Authority, and Fond du Lac Tribe of Lake Superior Chippewa recently completed the aerial moose survey in northeastern Minnesota’s moose range.

Survey results show moose numbers appear to be stable in northeastern Minnesota. 

“What we found this year was a point estimate of 3,470 moose, which since about 2013 we’ve been fluctuating around that, 3,700 animals,” explained Seth Goreham, DNR Wildlife research manager. “So, it’s pretty standard for us. We had a sharp decline in the mid-2000s, but for about the last decade we’ve been either just above or just below that 3,700 mark for moose.”

The annual survey covers portions of northern St. Louis, Cook, and Lake counties each January.