International Falls, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Voyageurs National Park says their wildlife biologists recently completed an aerial survey of the park's moose population in Feb/Mar, 2014.
They found there are 40 moose in the Kabetogama Peninsula (the area of the park that has a majority of the moose) in 2014. There were 41–51 moose in the timeframe of 2009–2013. Also, biologists noticed at least three moose outside the Kabetogama Peninsula area.
The park says fewer calves were detected in 2014 than in the previous three surveys. The study found that the park's moose have an annual mortality rate of 10% for adult moose; whereas, it is about 20% for the whole northeastern Minnesota area.
Park officials believe warmer year–round and summer temps may be stressing moose populations in the region since the moose population declined by about 50% from 2006–2014.
You can find the 2014 Voyageurs National Park moose population survey report by clicking here.