Moose study reveals pain and deaths but not answers

  • Article by: Doug Smith , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 13, 2013 - 4:51 PM

The DNR’s look at what has caused the population to fall has revealed only hints involving diseases and wolves.

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bluenorthApr. 14, 13 9:29 AM

Why report a hypothetical link between 'increases in mercury and sulfate', polioencephalomalacia, and moose mortality? Polioencephalomalacia has been cited as a secondary effect and possible cause of mortality in moose that feed on grain in North Dakota. If this tenuous hypothesis has any bearing on the moose situation in Minnesota, it would require something to have dramatically increased environmental mercury and sulfate loading across the entire moose range in just the last 5 years. Please stick to the facts in your reporting and not repeating the wild pseudo-scientific speculation of small clique of anti-mining activists.

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leiniesguyApr. 14, 13 9:34 AM

Ok, so the data and this expensive study shows that Brainworm killed 15%, Wolves killed 25% and the DNR killed 50% of the moose. Sounds like expected results

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blahstateApr. 14, 13 5:22 PM

Of the eight dead Moose, The DNR has killed 4, and 3 were killed by what anyone who spends any time in the woods already knew, wolves. Great job, MN DNR.

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jd55604Apr. 16, 13 2:09 PM

"Some wonder if the relatively high densities of deer in northern Minnesota could be contributing to the problem." ......Moose don't seem to survive in areas with high deer densities. More doe tags?

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puckster55picsApr. 16, 13 9:49 PM

Another source of the moose population decline NOT mentioned is Trophy hunting by white hunters. While the tribes have their allotment they take both cows & bulls while white hunters ONLY take trophy bull moose which over the years coupled with parasites & normal wolf predation has caused the drop. In 2009 over 100 bull moose were brought in by hunters all bulls! We need to suspend moose hunting for at least 3 years to see if this helps rebound the population & if so wait 2 more years before any hunt is resumed.

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jd55604Apr. 17, 13 8:36 AM

puckster55pics, In a population with a nearly equal male/female ratio, One bull can mate with multiple females so your trophy bull thesis doesn't really hold water. You could kill off half of the bulls in one season and there would still be more than enough males for a successful mating season to occur in the following year.

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voner26Apr. 18, 1311:04 AM

Take your pick wolves or moose? Looks like wolves are winning.

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