St. JOHNSBURY, Vt. – The Safari Club International (SCI) Foundation recently awarded the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department a $50,000 grant in support of an ongoing study the department is conducting on the state’s moose herd.
The organization awards grants to “projects with strong potential to contribute to the sustainable management of natural resources or the advance of constructive wildlife research,” according to a news release Thursday, July 27 from Vermont Fish & Wildlife. SCI Foundation has supported other moose research in the Northeast, including New Hampshire’s initial project.
Vermont’s moose herd has faced an outbreak of a parasite known as winter ticks in recent years, challenging moose conservation efforts in the state. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department initiated a study in January to investigate death rates and causes of mortality of cow and calf moose and to compare their results to similar moose studies in New Hampshire and Maine.
Biologists have placed radio collars on 60 moose in the Northeast Kingdom to track their movements. The study is expected to last three years.