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Minnesota’s moose population is in trouble. Current tallies show only 3,500 moose within the state; only a few years before, there were over 8,000. This means that the moose population has swiftly decreased by 60% since 2006, pushing researchers to try to determine what is happening to these cold hardy creatures. 

In an effort to take action, a Moose Advisory Committee (the Committee) has formed. It hopes to use the current data to curb the moose decline immediately. Comprised of researchers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) , the Natural Resources Research Institute at the University of Minnesota (NRRI), and local tribes, committee members are looking at data collected using the GPS collar technology in an effort to figure out what is killing all of the moose. 

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 According to Northland News Center, the consensus seems to be climate change. Warmer temperatures are causing higher metabolism within the moose, which leads to increased heart rate and heavier breathing. This results in the animals requiring more food to sustain them, which can lead to other related factors that can cause death.

"When they become nutritionally compromised their immune system's compromised and they're vulnerable to diseases, parasites, wolves when their body condition deteriorates," says Dr. Glenn DelGiudice.

In an attempt to help current moose herds as well as boost future generations, the Nature Conservancy and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association has planted over a million conifers and hardwood trees in the past few years so that the animals have ample food and shelter in Northern Minnesota. But it will take time to determine if these efforts will be successful in saving the majestic animals.

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Jake P. - posted 3 years ago on 01-23-2016 05:17:55 am
goHUNT INSIDER

It wasn't wolves that killed off all the moose in western MN, because they moose were gone well before the wolves came back.

Ryan B. - posted 3 years ago on 01-21-2016 08:03:20 pm
Albuquerque, New Mexico
goHUNT INSIDER

Could it be possible that it is a combination of both climate change and wolves. For instance a decrease in vegetation that moose need for sustenance has resulted in an inability to properly defend or avoid such predation. But climate change is a liberal lie, just ask the mule deer.

Steve L. - posted 3 years ago on 01-21-2016 10:36:49 am

Of course it's the wolves. Ridiculous to say it's climate change what a joke!. Same exact problem in northern Idaho. SSS!!

Freedom 1. - posted 3 years ago on 01-21-2016 10:31:30 am

This is the kind of propaganda and lies that drive me insane. Climate change is the problem? What kind of corrupt BS morons do they have working on this? CLIMATE CHANGE??????????? Really and you believe this propaganda??????
I have the chart of the moose calf study. What is wiping out the moose calves? WOLVES, HELLO WOLVES ARE THE PROBLEM. Does anyone have a working brain? Wolves are wiping out the moose calves. Wolves are killing 2/3 of the moose calves that is twice as much as all other reason combined. Hello come on stop with the BS lies. Climate Change my God you people are worthless.