Michigan’s moose hunt is on hold as wildlife managers keep an eye on the herd, which is growing, but not as quickly as originally hoped.
The Department of Natural Resources, in a survey last winter, found a slight increase in the Upper Peninsula herd even while Minnesota’s moose herd continued to decline, drastically. Biologists say they believe warming weather may be contributing to the Minnesota moose problem. Meanwhile, in Michigan, the DNR believes the moose herd, which has continued to grow by about two percent annually, is starting to level off. Until it shows better signs of growth, Michigan hunters will not be able to go after moose here.
And that’s the way it should be – biologists have been charged with evaluating the moose herd and deciding whether the population is sound enough to sustain a limited hunt. Count me among the many hunters who would love to see and participate in a Michigan moose hunt, but not if the herd can’t take it. No one wants to hunt Michigan moose if shooting even just a few of them contributes to the decline of the population.
The moose study makes me wonder, though… If animal rights groups such as Keep Michigan Wolves Protected don’t trust the state to provide accurate data on the state’s wolf population, which biologists determined to be large enough to support a limited hunt, why would they trust this data that shows we should hold off on shooting moose? By extending KMWP’s logic with the wolf issue, shouldn’t we ignore the biologists’ conclusions on moose and go ahead and start shooting anyway?
Nope. Unlike anti-hunters who prefer to cherry-pick their data from the comfort of their armchairs, hunters will wait patiently to see what the biologists say, and what Mother Nature has in store, for Michigan’s moose.