Moose

Wild moose chase: Taking a census from the air

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) recently issued a press release announcing that mid-winter aerial surveys of the Adirondack moose population had been completed. But there was still some work to be done as DEC biologists wanted to get a better peek this winter at the number of moose calves, especially in relation to a handful of cow…

With shutdown over, Isle Royale wolf-moose study back on track

Wolves are being relocated to Isle Royale National Park on Lake Superior. (National Park Service)A 60-year-old study of wolves and moose at Isle Royale National Park is back on track after being derailed by the partial government shutdown, and enough private funding has been raised to ensure the work will go on even if federal agencies are idled again, officials…

Winter ticks taking a toll on moose calves in New England

(Photo by Bob Drieslein)CONCORD, N.H. — Moose calves are dying at unprecedented levels in New England, mostly because of the hordes of winter ticks – as many as 90,000 on one animal – that latch onto their bodies and drain their blood. Those are the findings from a new study in the Canadian Journal of Zoology that looked at moose…

In Vermont, moose drowns in Lake Champlain as onlookers crowd animal

In this Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, photo provided by Bernadette Toth, a moose stands in Lake Champlain in South Hero, Vt. Wildlife officials say the animal had crossed the lake and made it to shore, but went back in the water, after likely feeling threatened by onlookers, and drowned. (Bernadette Toth via AP)South Hero, Vt. — A moose drowned in…

Moose population swells at Colorado national park

In 1980, only one moose was reported in the Kawuneeche Valley. In 2017, the park reported 30 to 50 on the west side and an increasing number on the east side. They’ve been sighted in every drainage, leading park scientists to ask what types of changes were driving such population growth and what the long-term effects would be.

Moose mecca Maine looks to boost hunting permits – by 20 percent, to 2,500 – but time to apply winding down

(Photo by Bob Drieslein)AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine is about to close the door on application submissions to this year’s moose lottery. Actually, the state is closing the web browser, as it’s only taking online applications this year. The deadline to apply for the hunt is 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday night, May 15. The moose lottery attracts thousands of applicants, and…

In Alaska, moose cow returns man’s kick with a stomp

A wildlife official advised others “not to go around kicking moose.” (Bob Drieslein photo)ANCHORAGE, Alaska — State officials say a man was injured north of Anchorage after a moose that he had just kicked stomped his foot in return. KTVA-TV reports that the moose injured the man Thursday morning. State Department of Fish and Game spokesman Ken Marsh said the…