Minnesota’s Moose Population 17 Feb 14

Wildlife managers have estimated Minnesota’s moose population at 4,350. And while that’s higher than last winter’s figure, they say there’s been no significant change in the population trend. The new estimate is very close to 2012′s estimate of 4,230, which suggests that last year’s moose count total of 2,760 may have undercounted the animals. DNR officials say this year’s higher estimate is likely a result of ideal snow conditions for the aerial survey, not an actual increase, and that the long-term trend shows Minnesota’s moose population continuing a significant decline. This year’s higher number is about half the 2006 estimate of 8,840.