Vermont Fish & Wildlife completes first field season in multi-year moose study.
Safari Club International Foundation awards grant toward three-year study.
Having the encounter in such a pristine environment as Cedar River Flow with an old friend along was surely a blessing.
Vermont’s auction for five moose hunting permits is open until 4:30 p.m. Aug. 10. Bids will be opened and winners notified on Aug. 11.
Incident involving cow and her two calves is state’s 15th moose-human conflict report since 2013.
But Maine is still looking to cut down the number of moose hunting permits it offers this year. The state, which has the largest population of moose in the lower 48 states, is reducing the number of moose permits from 2,140 to 2,080.
But statewide, Wyoming plans to offer more licenses for antelope, mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and bighorn sheep. Fewer moose and bison licenses will be offered.
With decline of wolves, moose population explodes on Isle Royale National Park. But the fear is many of those moose could starve to death.
Study: With few wolves, Isle Royale moose population growing out of control; restored predator-prey balance needed
The worry is that, without a predator like wolves, moose numbers will continue to skyrocket and the animals will decimate the forest on the island — and with fast-growing numbers, that a good many of them will starve to death.
Moose are more likely to be crossing roadways at this time of year, especially after dark or early in the morning as they move from wintering areas to spring feeding locations.
Preliminary numbers from a project that puts tracking collars on moose show that only one of the calves — the most vulnerable group — died from winter ticks this year. A year ago, nearly 75 percent of the calves tracked died.
One of the rescuers figures the young female moose was chased out on the remote northeastern Minnesota lake by a local wolf pack.
Moose population reportedly below management goals in many areas and reduced number of moose permits is designed to allow controlled growth of moose herd, estimated at 1,750 statewide.
According to estimate, there are 346 moose in the area, up from 231 last winter and the most since 2010. Still, that’s well below the Wyoming Game and Fish Department goal of 800 for the valley.
Later, three moose that reportedly were threatening skiers at the resort were relocated.
Applications are available online now, with paper applications scheduled to arrive at vendors by March 10, and the deadline to apply for the hunts is March 22.
Based on the Fish & Wildlife Department’s recommendation, 63 bulls-only permits will be issued for the regular hunting season and 17 bulls-only permits for the archery hunting season.
Moose population remains low, but survey suggests 6-year population stability.
Decline partly because of the impact of parasites, both winter tick and brainworm, on the moose population.
The $133,000 will help send more than 600 Maine children to conservation camps in the state, serving children ages 8 through 17 and providing outdoor and classroom experiences.
Vermont — New York, too — currently using the same methods to examine their moose herds
Beginning this month, researchers with the Fish & Wildlife Department will start placing radio-collars on up to 60 wild moose to follow their movements and determine causes of mortality.