MN Moose On Downward Trend

2014 Moose survey MinnesotaDNR2The 2014 MN moose survey reveals our MN moose population is on a downward trend despite a slight uptick from the 2013 count (2005 = 5,960; 2014 3,220). According to the survey: “The exact causes of moose mortality are not well understood. Previous research has demonstrated that hunting and predation by wolves are not the primary causes of adult deaths [predation by wolves, for example, typically reveal existing latent health complications in the moose selected for kill, ed.], and multiple signs indicate the causes are likely health- and stress-related factors.” The survey also looks at climate change, habitation changes, etc.

During the survey flights, 419 moose were observed . . . After adjusting for sampling and sightability, the estimated population in northeastern Minnesota was at 4,350. The DNR gives population counts various confidence ratings, and the aerial sightings about a 90% confidence (accuracy) level; perhaps thus the discrepancy of the numbers.

The moose survey is a partnership between the Division of Enforcement, the Division of Fish and Wildlife, the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and the 1854 Treaty Authority.

See the DNR Moose Management Plan, surveys, photos and links to several recent news stories HERE.
Moose Hunting info. HERE.