MN DNR: Little change in moose population over last year

By KBJR News 1

February 14, 2014 Updated Feb 14, 2014 at 7:41 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)--- A new aerial survey has shown little change within Minnesota's moose population over the last year

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conducted an annual aerial moose survey in January across northeastern Minnesota and found an estimated moose population of 4,350

This year's count is very close to the 20-12 estimate of 4,230.

That number represents a dramatic increase when compared to 2013, when the DNR estimated 2,760.

The D-N-R believes this suggests that last year's estimate may have undercounted the population.

The long-term shows Minnesota's moose population is continuing a significant downward trend, with the number of moose being half of what it was in 2006.

The D-N-R has not yet made a final decision on whether to continue the moose hunt for 20-14.

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