Minnesota moose populations remain low, though the rate of decline is slowing.
Minnesota moose population numbers have increased slightly from last year, but not enough to be considered significant, according to a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources news release. Just 4,020 moose were spotted in 2016 compared to 2015’s 3,450.
The state has experienced a decline in the moose population since 2006, when the estimate was at its highest with 8,840 individuals. The total decline since then has been 55 percent, the news release states.
“Moose are not recovering in northeastern Minnesota,” said the moose project leader Glenn DelGiudice. “It’s encouraging to see that the decline in the population since 2012 has not been as steep, but longer term projections continue to indicate that our moose population decline will continue.”
According to the news release, survival of adult moose has the greatest effects long-term on the population. It appears that adult survival may be slightly increased. This, paired with higher survival of calf moose through their first year, may be the reason behind the slowed decline in numbers.
It’s not necessarily good news for Minnesota moose, but it could be worse. Hopefully the Minnesota DNR can find some feasible solutions to the issue.
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