Minnesota Moose Population Essay

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Minnesota Moose Population The Land of 10,000 Lakes, or better known as, Minnesota, is home to many different species. Minnesota is unique when it comes to terrain; there are types of prairies, grasslands, and forest in the state. This allows many different species to live in Minnesota. The Northern part of Minnesota brings tourism to the state. The beautiful forest and clear lakes provide an amazing getaway destination. Northern Minnesota is known for its thick forest, fishing, and wildlife sightings. One of the animals that can be spotted in Northern Minnesota is the moose, Alces alces. The moose is Minnesota’s largest wild animal. The moose population has been fluctuating up and down for years and never seems to be stable. Even the data collected cannot be highly relied on due to the fact that there are so many factors that can affect the moose population. This article shows the struggle of obtaining accurate numbers for the moose population. They randomly select a number of spots and count moose from and aerial viewpoint and then compare numbers to previous years. The population for 2014 has increased but officials are not optimistic of the results. The population is estimated around 4,350 moose compared to last years, 2,765. There are many different conditions that play a key role in the population of moose. Mortality rates are 21% for adult moose and 74% for calves. These statistics make it hard for officials to believe to population is growing. Along with mortality rates is predation. Moose are very large, strong animals that feed on various trees and plants, but wolves and bears tend to feed on moose. It is possible there is a correlation between wolf and moose population numbers. Mortality rates, weather, and predation are uncontrollable factors in the moose population, but there is one area that wildlife officials can control, hunting. The DNR has

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