Minnesota's moose takes first step on path to 'endangered'

  • Article by: JOSEPHINE MARCOTTY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 11, 2012 - 11:43 PM

One of Minnesota's iconic animals has seen its population drop by almost half since 2005 as researchers try to identify causes.

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glenlivetDec. 11, 1212:13 PM

"What can we do about global climate change," --and I would answer, zero--so if that's how he frames the problem facing the moose population, I guess he should quit his job. Classic example of what not to say in an interview.

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JKJORDANDec. 11, 1212:36 PM

Pretty clear that the current over population of wolves is a big reason for the decline in Moose numbers. Once the number of wolf is back to normal numbers, the moose population will increase.

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fisherboyDec. 11, 12 1:17 PM

Wow... a scientist (endangered species coordinator) comes up with the decline/demise of the moose as a simple answer of global climate change. Elk herds in the Rocky Mountains have been on the decline as well. I am no scientist though I am sure that wolves and heavy snows have something to do with both of these problems.

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budgrant00Dec. 11, 12 1:46 PM

The trouble is...the climate in the North woods has not changed. The only changes are more wolves and less timber harvest. Moose have always been a cyclical species all across their range.

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bredpathDec. 11, 12 1:57 PM

I love it when people attempt to argue with science.

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Bad horseDec. 11, 12 2:16 PM

Moose are booming in North Dakota. Same climate as Minnesota, I think we can argue with science.

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Osh017Dec. 11, 12 2:25 PM

I'm no scientist either, but there is enough evidence (blatantly obvious evidence) that our moose are dying from parasites (brainworms, ticks and liver flukes). Parasites in which are not dying off from the winter freeze due to warmer summers. No, I'm not screaming the sky is falling (Global Warming - the world's climate has fluctuated for millions of years), but these unseasonably warmer winters on average are impacting our moose population.

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lindaspyDec. 11, 12 2:33 PM

I find it hard to believe that people actually advocate killing more animals when addressing the lack of another species. So we kill wolves and then we have no moose and no wolves, what next! What animal do you intend to blame next! I miss seeing these amazing creatures and we are doing nothing to save them!

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scott44Dec. 11, 12 2:59 PM

I am a hunter, trapper and I fish, camp and just get out in the words to enjoy the peace. But at one time there was Woodland Caribou here along the North Shore and very little if any deer. There was Moose, Wolf etc. The deer followed man to this area. I am by no means a bunny hugger, but might some of the problem be just man moving into a habitate once ruled by tall herbavours? Don't get me wrong I moved to this area and am not a decendent of the homesteaders.

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shonemagoneDec. 11, 12 3:21 PM

I too have read that the issue with Moose has to do with parasites. Ticks in particular are coming out earlier and staying longer; the longer tick season is taking a toll on moose. I'm not following how the DNR proposal is a "one step forward, ten steps back scenario." What's wrong with taking off those animals that are no longer endangered? How is this ten steps back if the updated endangered-species list would increase from 439 species to a total of 591 species?

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