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Limited viewings? Patience is key when trying to witness a Michigan moose

A bull moose makes its way down a logging skid trail in Michigan’s core moose zone in the north-central Upper Peninsula. The core moose zone includes western Marquette County, Baraga County, and northeast Iron County. The DNR says the eastern U.P. contains only about 100 moose, while the larger moose group of approximately 500 exists in the core moose zone. (Photo by Bill Ziegler)

As a Michigan DNR fisheries biologist in the U.P., I had to answer public wildlife questions at the DNR office, when wildlife biologists were not available. One time a couple wanted me to direct them to where they could see the “moose herd.”
I told them I was not a wildlife biologist although it was my understanding the moose typically are solitary animals, unless it is a cow with calves. The man was incensed and said the DNR had “false advertised” in the former DNR magazine. He went on to say they had “driven all the way up to the Western U.P. from a suburb of Detroit just to watch the moose herd.”

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